Presenting the 101 most useful websites of 2012. These sites, well most of them, solve at least one problem really well and they all have simple web addresses (URLs) that you can memorize thus saving you a trip to Google.
The Most Useful Websites and Web Apps
- screenr.com – record movies of your desktop and send them straight to YouTube.
- ctrlq.org/screenshots – for capturing screenshots of web pages on mobile and desktops.
- goo.gl – shorten long URLs and convert URLs into QR codes.
- unfurlr.come – find the original URL that’s hiding behind a short URL.
- qClock – find the local time of a city using a Google Map.
- copypastecharacter.com – copy special characters that aren’t on your keyboard.
- postpost.com – a better search engine for twitter.
- lovelycharts.com – create flowcharts, network diagrams, sitemaps, etc.
- iconfinder.com – the best place to find icons of all sizes.
- office.com – download templates, clipart and images for your Office documents.
- followupthen.com – the easiest way to setup email reminders.
- jotti.org – scan any suspicious file or email attachment for viruses.
- wolframalpha.com – gets answers directly without searching – see more wolfram tips.
- printwhatyoulike.com – print web pages without the clutter.
- joliprint.com – reformats news articles and blog content as a newspaper.
- ctrql.org/rss – a search engine for RSS feeds.
- e.ggtimer.com – a simple online timer for your daily needs.
- coralcdn.org – if a site is down due to heavy traffic, try accessing it through coral CDN.
- random.org – pick random numbers, flip coins, and more.
- pdfescape.com – lets you can quickly edit PDFs in the browser itself.
- viewer.zoho.com – Preview PDFs and Presentations directly in the browser.
- tubemogul.com – simultaneously upload videos to YouTube and other video sites.
- ctrlq.org/dictation – online voice recognition in the browser itself.
- scr.im – share you email address online without worrying about spam.
- spypig.com – now get read receipts for your email.
- sizeasy.com – visualize and compare the size of any product.
- myfonts.com/WhatTheFont – quickly determine the font name from an image.
- google.com/webfonts – a good collection of open source fonts.
- regex.info – find data hidden in your photographs – see more EXIF tools.
- livestream.com – broadcast events live over the web, including your desktop screen.
- iwantmyname.com – helps you search domains across all TLDs.
- homestyler.com – design from scratch or re-model your home in 3d.
- join.me – share you screen with anyone over the web.
- onlineocr.net – recognize text from scanned PDFs – see other OCR tools.
- flightstats.com – Track flight status at airports worldwide.
- wetransfer.com – for sharing really big files online.
- hundredzeros.com – the site lets you download free Kindle books.
- polishmywriting.com – check your writing for spelling or grammatical errors.
- marker.to – easily highlight the important parts of a web page for sharing.
- typewith.me – work on the same document with multiple people.
- whichdateworks.com – planning an event? find a date that works for all.
- everytimezone.com – a less confusing view of the world time zones.
- gtmetrix.com – the perfect tool for measuring your site performance online.
- noteflight.com – print music sheets, write your own music online (review).
- imo.im – chat with your buddies on Skype, Facebook, Google Talk, etc. from one place.
- translate.google.com – translate web pages, PDFs and Office documents.
- kleki.com – create paintings and sketches with a wide variety of brushes.
- similarsites.com – discover new sites that are similar to what you like already.
- wordle.net – quick summarize long pieces of text with tag clouds.
- bubbl.us – create mind-maps, brainstorm ideas in the browser.
- kuler.adobe.com – get color ideas, also extract colors from photographs.
- liveshare.com – share your photos in an album instantly.
- lmgtfy.com – when your friends are too lazy to use Google on their own.
- midomi.com – when you need to find the name of a song.
- bing.com/images – automatically find perfectly-sized wallpapers for mobiles.
- faxzero.com – send an online fax for free – see more fax services.
- feedmyinbox.com – get RSS feeds as an email newsletter.
- ge.tt – quickly send a file to someone, they can even preview it before downloading.
- pipebytes.com – transfer files of any size without uploading to a third-party server.
- tinychat.com – setup a private chat room in micro-seconds.
- privnote.com – create text notes that will self-destruct after being read.
- boxoh.com – track the status of any shipment on Google Maps – alternative.
- chipin.com – when you need to raise funds online for an event or a cause.
- downforeveryoneorjustme.com – find if your favorite website is offline or not?
- ewhois.com – find the other websites of a person with reverse Analytics lookup.
- whoishostingthis.com – find the web host of any website.
- google.com/history – found something on Google but can’t remember it now?
- aviary.com/myna – an online audio editor that lets record, and remix audio clips online.
- disposablewebpage.com – create a temporary web page that self-destruct.
- urbandictionary.com – find definitions of slangs and informal words.
- seatguru.com – consult this site before choosing a seat for your next flight.
- sxc.hu – download stock images absolutely free.
- zoom.it – view very high-resolution images in your browser without scrolling.
- scribblemaps.com – create custom Google Maps easily.
- alertful.com – quickly setup email reminders for important events.
- picmonkey.com – Picnik is offline but PicMonkey is an even better image editor.
- formspring.me – you can ask or answer personal questions here.
- sumopaint.com – an excellent layer-based online image editor.
- snopes.com – find if that email offer you received is real or just another scam.
- typingweb.com – master touch-typing with these practice sessions.
- mailvu.com – send video emails to anyone using your web cam.
- timerime.com – create timelines with audio, video and images.
- stupeflix.com – make a movie out of your images, audio and video clips.
- safeweb.norton.com – check the trust level of any website.
- teuxdeux.com – a beautiful to-do app that looks like your paper dairy.
- deadurl.com – you’ll need this when your bookmarked web pages are deleted.
- minutes.io – quickly capture effective notes during meetings.
- youtube.com/leanback – Watch YouTube channels in TV mode.
- youtube.com/disco – quickly create a video playlist of your favorite artist.
- talltweets.com – Send tweets longer than 140 characters.
- pancake.io – create a free and simple website using your Dropbox account.
- builtwith.com – find the technology stack of any website.
- woorank.com – research a website from the SEO perspective.
- mixlr.com – broadcast live audio over the web.
- radbox.me – bookmark online videos and watch them later (review).
- tagmydoc.com – add QR codes to your documents and presentations (review).
- notes.io – the easiest way to write short text notes in the browser.
- ctrlq.org/html-mail – send rich-text mails to anyone, anonymously.
- fiverr.com – hire people to do little things for $5.
- otixo.com – easily manage your online files on Dropbox, Google Docs, etc.
- ifttt.com – create a connection between all your online accounts.
If you enjoyed the above list, also check out the expanded version The Most Useful Websites which now offers a collection of 150+ undiscovered and incredibly useful websites to enhance your productivity.
Changelog and Updates
The following websites were part of the original list but they are either no longer available or have been replaced with better alternatives.
01. virustotal.com – scan any suspicious file or email attachment for viruses.
02. isnsfw.com – when you wish to share a NSFW page but with a warning.
03. truveo.com – the best place for searching web videos.
04. tabbloid.com – your favorite blogs delivered as PDFs.
05. warrick.cs.odu.edu – you’ll need this when your bookmarked web pages are deleted.
06. tempalias.com – generate temporary email aliases, better than disposable email.
07. whisperbot.com – send an email without using your own account.
08. errorlevelanalysis.com – find whether a photo is real or a photoshopped one.
09. google.com/dictionary – get word meanings, pronunciations and usage examples.
10. wobzip.org – unzip your compressed files online.
11. namemytune.com – when you need to find the name of a song.
12. snapask.com – use email on your phone to find sports scores, read Wikipedia, etc.
13. pastebin.com – the site has been blocked in India.
14. encrypted.google.com – Google now redirects all logged-in users to the https version of google.com by default so this is no longer necessary.
15. bounceapp.com – replace this with a version that works on mobile.
16. dabbleboard.com – a online virtual whiteboard that will shut down in August 2012.