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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)

  • Anton Todorov commented on Apr 12 2010

    http://www.uk.bqsearch.com – Add hundreds of themes to your Google search

  • livefaq livefaq commented on Apr 8 2010

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  • Vineet Dwivedi commented on Feb 17 2010

    Add Lexiology Dictionary of American English also to this list. I use this everyday and it is more useful and organized than any other online dictionary.

    http://www.lexiology.com

  • Thomas James commented on Feb 1 2010

    In the arts category: Escape From Illustration Island, devoted to providing resources to freelance Illustrators and Designers.
    http://escapefromillustrationisland.com/welcome

  • Rider Wear commented on Jan 4 2010

    In these 100 websites I know about some sites.
    But that’s a great information. thanks for share this information.

  • jack coveney commented on Dec 16 2009

    Here’s a cool site that should be included I think- http://www.whatpoll.com/

    Enjoy :)

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  • Arnab Saha commented on Aug 3 2009

    100 websites you should know, and not even one of them filthy? Egads man, what is my internets coming to!

  • Julius Wiedemann commented on Jun 3 2009

    Guys, many thanks for the comment. Please follow up on more stuff at http://www.twitter.com/juliuswiedemann

  • Theresa McGee commented on May 20 2009

    I am inspired by the list! (I guess that is the point of Ted:) I have a lot of reading to do now!

  • penny green commented on May 4 2009

    It’s very useful. http://www.vxcb.com Thank you.

  • Stefan Keydel commented on Apr 26 2009

    What about (insert fantastic website URL here)???? It’s the best one of all!!!!

  • matt harrison commented on Apr 27 2009

    I’m ashamed to say that I only had 7 of these sites in my bookmarks…Now I just feel lame. Great list and I have bookmarked most of them now!

  • Lilly Shantez commented on Feb 4 2009

    What about http://www.freewebs.com/randomme??? Good sites like these should get some attention and credit!

  • hank scorpio commented on Jul 23 2008

    what about http://www.fantasy-interactive.com? Great interactive company!

  • Lawrence Davis commented on Jun 25 2008

    I will be sure to checkout these 100 websites. Thanks for sharing.

  • Jeff Sherwood commented on Dec 14 2007

    2advanced is not deserving of “Top Interactive Experiece Creators.” At least not anymore. Its been a long time since theyve done anything notable/unique/current

    Mindflood.com should be added to that list

  • krystof swiatek commented on Nov 21 2007

    Thanks for the list. While some corporate sites such as http://www.research.philips.com can unveil some consistent content to visitors, I didn’t understand what is the reason for having listed http://www.ge.com...
    Did I miss something?