my top links and great finds from 2009


I know that there are way too many “Top Blah Blah” lists of 2009 but with all the noise out there I decided to compose my own list of great discoveries I have made this year via the online world with a brief description of what it is. The list is in no particular order and perhaps you will find something useful.

Library Thing:  an online service to help people catalog their books easily – often described as “MySpace for books” or “Facebook for books.”

Readability Web Tool: This is an awesome and free tool that allows you to read web pages/articles without all the distracting “bling” like ads and flashing neon signs – a must have!

TBUZZ: Another free toolbar button that allows you to Tweet any page you are visiting and/or keep track of the buzz surrounding it

The Big Think:  A global forum connecting people and ideas – worth checking out!

The NY Times Times Skimmer: That’s a mouthful! A fantastic way to browse through the online version of the NY Times – I actually enjoy reading the news this way and it is very easy to switch to different sections, etc and is customizable

Stumble Upon:  Not new for many but new for me and what a treat! The button is like a slot machine handle  – you choose the categories of things that interest you  – hit the  button – and voila a site that fits your interests – I have found some really cool sites using Stumble Upon

Culture Change: This is one of my favorite sites – great articles and ideas

One Word: “simple. you’ll see one word at the top of the following page. you have sixty seconds to write about soon as you click ‘go’ the page will load with the cursor in place. don’t think. just write.”

Anxiety Culture: “a webzine with a wealth of ideas & gimmicks for navigating the crazy, paranoid, work-obsessed, media-crapulent times we live in.”

Groove Shark: A great way to listen to music online – I used to listen to Pandora and Last.FM but found Groove Shark and like it so much better – for one thing it lets you choose what songs you want to listen to

75 Ways to Draw More: Exactly what I just said

Okay, that’s enough because too much is well…too much!


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