As more and more of our daily activity has migrated online, the precedence that websites have set in our lives has only grown. We might as well equate our favorite websites with our favorite restaurants, coffee shops, and shopping centers. We enjoy visiting them just as much and are able to do so both more frequently and more easily. We also have millions of websites competing for our attention on a regular basis, which means that narrowing down those we enjoy the most has become a somewhat difficult process. In lieu of that, we’ve assembled a list of some of the “most interesting” websites in the world, that you can check out, examine, and become addicted to as we move into 2017.
If you’ve been looking for a new corner of the web to inhabit come the new year, read on to see which we find to be the most interesting!
What makes a website “interesting?” As you might assume, it’s a rather subjective judgment, since everyone’s interests (and degrees of interest) are going to differ wildly. Finding a “middle ground” for this type of presentation is somewhat difficult as a result, but not impossible! It’s simply important to establish some ground rules for why we’re choosing the sites that we are, and then follow it up by providing some justification for our choices.
Have some of your own ideas about the most interesting websites? We’ve got a comments section on this page, and we’d love to hear them. First, however, take a look at some of our choices!
In this article, we’re going to point you towards websites that are changing things for both the internet and the people that inhabit it. They don’t necessarily have to be new websites. In fact, some of these have been around for several years. The point is, they have created a massive footprint in our internet landscape, and if you dedicate some attention to them over the next year, we think that the experience will be rewarding.
We’ll also be paying attention to accessibility. If we’re going to point you towards an interesting website, we’re going to make sure that you can see everything it has to offer without any trouble. Therefore, you’re not going to see any subscriptions in our choices. Account sign-ups, maybe, but you won’t be shedding any hard-earned dollars.
The Most Interesting Websites for 2017
In the case of our list, the “most interesting” websites that you can follow going into 2017 are going to be fairly mainstream. As stated above, there’s a reason for this. Firstly, each of this is accessible (and enjoyable) for a wide-ranging demographic. It doesn’t matter who you are or where you’re from; there will be something for you in each of these sites, and that fact alone speaks to why they’re so relevant.
Secondly, popularity alone begets attention online, just as it does offline. As you’ll see, these are immensely popular corners of the web, often serving as content hubs for millions of people at once.
Without further ado, let’s take a look at some of the sites that we’re definitely going to see prominently featured over the course of the next year.
We don’t need to turn this into a political discussion, but we’d be remiss in not mentioning Twitter on this list. In the wake of the social media giant’s several failures, we’ve seen a year in which the most prominent, heated, debated, and furious discussions have taken place through Tweets. It’s impossible to ignore the fact that this service–which has been around for years on end–is seeing a fresh surge of activity, especially as a stage for the addressing of global issues (for better or worse.)
If you want to keep up-to-date on what’s happening in the world, Twitter is going to be one of the best places to do so in 2017.
Have a project that you want to get off the ground? Have some spare money that you’d like to commit to a project that you believe in? Though you might not think so, Kickstarter is still one of the most prolific, impactful ways that new startups and existing companies are bringing fresh, innovative ideas to an eager crowd of consumers. From video games to backpacks to computers to novels, you can find just about everything on the Kickstarter platform. It can be a fascinating place to explore, and if you get the urge, to contribute to the monetary needs of projects that you enjoy.
It’s important to know, however, that pledging money on Kickstarter isn’t the same as “pre-ordering” a prototype product or service. It’s a show of faith–a sign of your commitment to helping a great project become a reality. Sometimes, Kickstarter projects fail. In fact, it happens frequently, which contributes to the platform being somewhat volatile. That doesn’t make it any less relevant, however.
How long has Facebook been the hub of millions of peoples’ internet activity? How long will it continue to be? These are ambiguous questions, but the social media giant continues to command a centric attention for a vast majority of people online, every single day. For many, it’s a source of news, both worldly and local. For others, it’s a source of entertainment.
Considering how greatly the site has helped people to forge connections and maintain them, both professional and personal, we shouldn’t expect Facebook to go away anytime soon. In fact, 2017 is set to become an exceptionally active year for Facebook, otherwise, it wouldn’t have demanded a spot on this list. From Oculus virtual reality to the propagation of “fake news,” expect this company to stay smack in the middle of 2017’s spotlight.
Maybe we should begin regarding 2016 as, “The Internet Strikes Back.” This is another hub of activity that’s been around for many years. Somehow, it hasn’t been replaced; instead, it has grown in ways both troubling and exciting. New directions are being forged by a new CEO, and similar to Twitter, many of the conversations and gatherings of people on Reddit are getting a new spotlight, due to the ways that they’re influencing larger global discussions.
Reddit is still massive, and not every corner of it is going to be particularly interesting. But we should all expect to see it getting a large amount of attention in 2017 if current trends continue.
Where Cool Things Happen
The word “clickbait’ is thrown around pretty easily, these days, but it’s become such a commonplace accusation that the phrase is very close to carrying no meaning. As a consequence, many people accuse Where Cool Things Happen of being an amalgamation of clickbait titles and uninformative posts that consist only of themed image collections.
In a way, that’s not far from the truth, but the website has managed to become much more than that by way of actually featuring interesting things! From viral images to truly great photographs, expect content from this site to be prominently featured on some of the other social media hubs that we’re making mention of, throughout this article.
DIY is quickly becoming one of the most popular consumer trends. Why? Who can say! It might be a backlash to the commodity and profit-driven nature of the modern internet, given how focused it’s become on advertising and eCommerce. Regardless of that fact, Lifehacker has become a massive entity, full of lifestyle and craft guides that help people to find “hacks,” habits and techniques that can enrich and simplify our lives.
The resources that you’ll find here are entirely free, too, though they’re not all of an equivalent quality. Take a visit, browse through the most popular listings, and see if there aren’t some things that you can do to improve your lifestyle and habits going into 2017.
What began as a niche social media site has all but exploded into one of the largest media repositories online, and every demographic can get into it. From personal to professional use, Pinterest has a great deal of sway over what’s trending and popular.
Once again proving that the human eye is a sucker for great visuals, this image-based social media giant will very likely continue to grow throughout 2017. If you’re an individual that’s looking to generate an online following for any reason whatsoever, you’d be remiss in ignoring what Pinterest has to offer. Millions of people browse it every day, and if you can curate a collection of content that people in various niches want to do, you can potentially find a one-track path to a surprisingly large group of followers.
If you’re looking for a few websites to keep your eyes on as we get nearer and nearer to 2017, these will probably keep you occupied for the entirety of the new year. There’s a good chance that you’re already active in one or more of them, but as 2017 plays out over the coming months, expect these sites to take on a new precedence, a new importance, as people plays more and more emphasis on what happens there.
The most interesting websites in the world? We think so, but if you disagree (or have recommendations of you own) let us know in the comments, below!