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100 Websites You Should Know and Use (updated!)

Posted by: Jessica Gross

In the spring of 2007, Julius Wiedemann, editor in charge at Taschen GmbH, gave a legendary TED University talk: an ultra-fast-moving ride through the “100 websites you should know and use.” Six years later, it remains one of the most viewed TED blog posts ever. Time for an update? We think so. Below, the 2013 edition of the 100 websites to put on your radar and in your browser.

To see the original list, click here. While most of these sites are still going strong and remain wonderful resources, we’ve crossed out any that are no longer functioning. And because there are so many amazing resources out there, please add your own ideas in the comments. Happy surfing!

BUSINESS + E-COMMERCE

AUDIO + VISUAL

LITERATURE, MEDIA + CULTURE

POLITICS, NEWS + GLOBAL ISSUES

EDUCATION

SCIENCE + TECHNOLOGY

And now, the original list from 2007, created by Julius Wiedemann, editor in charge at Taschen GmbH. While most of these remaining thriving websites, we’ve crossed out defunct websites and added notes when possible:

CURIOSITY & KNOWLEDGE

GRAPHICS, MUSIC & ARTS

E-COMMERCE EXPERIENCE

SEARCHING & FINDING

ONLINE RESOURCES

TOP INTERACTIVE EXPERIENCE CREATORS

Comments (58)

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  • TEDBlog Reader commented on Nov 16 2007

    Thanks for the phenomenal list of sites! They are amazing, although I would have added http://www.etavitom.com.

  • Michael Christian commented on Sep 22 2007

    Simple visual bookmark http://www.only2clicks.com

  • Peter Kaizer commented on Sep 5 2007

    Nice list! Another one that should be listed under Graphics:
    http://www.edwardtufte.com/tufte/index

  • ted user commented on Sep 5 2007

    automatically remind your patients: http://www.talksoftonline.com

  • as ALI commented on Aug 26 2007

    Its a helpful one for saving money -

    http://www.shiptool.com/

  • as ALI commented on Aug 26 2007

    http://www.listio.com/web20/

    Try the Tag engine…..

  • coca cola commented on Aug 23 2007

    grat great…an other interesting web (“creativos” section):
    http://www.marc3art.eu

  • MEREDITH RING commented on Aug 22 2007

    This is a great list. One that was not mentioned:

    http://WWW.ODDPODZ.COM

    A social networking site for creative, forward thinking TED-types.

  • Matt Williamson commented on Aug 10 2007

    Fantastic list, thank you TED.

    I have done some of the same listings for Buddhist sites on my blog at hologramthoughts.com

  • Kristine Harrison commented on Aug 11 2007

    Perhaps these could be considered for Ancestral History
    Aloha!

    Welcome to the home of the Family Forest® Project
    http://www.familyforest.com
    “A People-Centered Approach To History”

    Your Future Your Past
    Blog for website at Worddpress.

  • Noah Oliphant commented on Aug 9 2007

    Wow someday I’d like to be on this list. My website is just starting out. Visit it to find a place to store and share recipes:

    reciperate.com

  • Marc Karasu commented on Aug 9 2007

    Thanks

    Maybe one day Measuredup.com can be considered one of these.

    Take a look at http://www.Measuredup.com

  • Liam Quin commented on Aug 9 2007

    Graphics and resources for design – can I put in a plug for http://www.fromoldbooks.org/ ? :-)

    Liam

  • fritz from london commented on Aug 8 2007

    some very good links in there, thanks.

    However, it is disappointing you guys too fell for the Jakob Nielsen hype. If all sites looked like useit.com, most of us wouldn’t be here.

  • Liesbeth den Toom commented on Aug 7 2007

    Great resource — thanks, Justin! We’re honoured to be included.

    Liesbeth den Toom | Springwise

  • Steffen Hilgemann commented on Aug 4 2007

    Great list but you must have overlooked http://www.sputtr.com for the ‘Searching & Finding’ Section. :)

  • Metin TalkTurkey commented on Aug 4 2007

    Thank you for the list. There are some that I visit regularly, and others that I will check out first hand.

    I am disappointed my blog (www.TalkTurkey.us) is not on the list however. Maybe next year.

    :)

  • Web Gyver commented on Aug 4 2007

    What an excellent thought-provoking and inspiring list of web sites. And how overwhelming it can be if you start looking through the web sites that are mentioned. And then get off on other web sites that are listed on those web sites.

    Well, I guess I’ll start out by looking at one or two (of the ones I don’t know yet) a day.

    Thanks for posting this.

  • Rahul Kumar commented on Aug 4 2007

    A site that I feel everyone should know and read everyday: http://xkcd.com/

  • Grafix Art commented on Sep 10 2007

    A great site to post web 2.0 apps and to find the latest web 2.0 sites is

    http://www.thinkweb20.com

    You might also want to check that out! :)

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