- Internet & the Web
15 Internet Lists
Making lists keeps us organized. They can be random or prioritized. People also like reading lists on the Internet. Some are there to educate and inform. Some are just for fun. Lists can tell you what's hot and what's not. Because the Internet is bulging with information overload, lists websites make navigating easier. They are easy to browse and digest. They can encourage debate or simply point you to further discovery. Following are some online list websites some of which you may be familiar with. Others may not be so well known but offer interesting insight in a variety of subject matters
Angie's List -
You've probably heard of Angie's List. With over a million subscribers throughout the United States and Canada, Angie's List offers verified consumer reviews of a variety of service companies. The website grades companies based on a stringent list of criteria including quality, price, professionalism, punctuality and responsiveness. Only paid and registered subscribers can access the website to avoid biased reviews. Contractors are not allowed to subscribe or list their own names. Angie's List is very reputable and many check with them before hiring.
JJ's List -
Another business review website, JJ's List strives "to bring people with disabilities and businesses together for the benefit of both". Founded by JJ Hanley, this site is committed to making more businesses disability-friendly. Businesses can list their companies on the directory for $4.99 a month and will receive a profile page, a decal for their window and plenty of publicity and promotion throughout the community. JJ's List welcomes reviews from consumers and offers Disability Awareness Training for businesses who wish to participate. Previous participants include Whole Food Markets, Siemens Corporation and Steppenwolf Theatre.
RX List -
RX List calls itself the Internet drug index but it is that and so much more. Here you can find current health and drug news and information about supplements, insect bites and healthy living. They offer a pill identifier tool and a symptom checker. RX List provides a dictionary, quizzes and a variety of photos and images. The site itself is interesting and easy to navigate. It lists the top 200 drugs available in the United States from A to Z. You can keep up with what the FDA is doing and take advantage of their many links from diet plans to vaccine safety.
Cyndi's List -
Cyndi's List is the place to go if you are interested in researching your genealogy. Around for over 15 years, this site serves as a trusted starting point and offers a comprehensive list of links for your research needs. Everything is categorized and cross-referenced with 325,900 total active links to explore. Cyndi has a passion for genealogy and has written several books on the subject. The website offers a category on writing your own family history and provides several resources to do just that. It is no wonder that Cyndi's List receives over 250,000 unique visitors every month.
Craig's List -
Most of us are familiar with Craig's List as a venue for buying and selling goods and services. Founded by Craig Newmark in San Francisco in 1995, the website was launched as a service featuring local events and classifieds. Before long, Craigslist began to experience rapid growth and there was a demand for more categories. The company was incorporated in 1999. It continued to expand to more cities both in the United States and around the world. Today Craigslist serves over 570 cities in fifty countries and receives over 20 billion page views per month.
Selby's List -
The goal of Selby's List is to provide current and reliable information about experimental and literary poetry and art magazines. It does this well though the website at first glance seems lacking. What it does do is provide an alphabetical list of links to these magazines and there are quite a few. Selby's List covers the literary word not only in the United States but all over the world. It is a great tool for writers and readers alike. Selby's List was founded in 1993 by Spencer Selby and continues to be updated by Roger Williams University professor, Jon Henson.
World Heritage List -
This interactive website is a product of UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization). It's goal is to preserve the national and cultural heritage of all countries of the word. Countries are listed alphabetically and each provides links to interesting information and photographs of sites in the region. There are 962 properties listed. They include natural wonders and parks as well as historic sites, towns and structures around the globe. An interactive map makes navigating easy.
Forbes List -
Most of us are familiar with Forbes List especially its annual ranking of the world's richest people. But they also compile many other interesting lists and are well-respected in their methodology. You can find out who the world's most powerful women are or which city in America is best for singles. The lists cover categories like technology, people, education, places, companies, sports and money and investing. Top ten lists are popular and fun to read. Forbes does the work and readers are rewarded with what they want to know.
Music Genre List-
The Music Gene List had its start in 2010. It covers most of the popular styles of music as well as some that are more obscure. They keep an active blog that discusses a wide variety of interesting music-related topics. There's nothing fancy on this site but it is comprehensive in its list. If you don't see your favorite music genre on the page, the site manager welcomes suggestions. It would be better if the site would give clickable examples or add videos. Still, it considers itself to have the most definitive music genre list on the Internet and that may be so.
The Plant List -
This pithy website is both interesting and educational. It was released in 2010 and is a working list of all known plant species. It contains over a million scientific plant names. The Plant List is a collaboration between the Royal Botanical Gardens and Kew and Missouri Botanical Garden and considers itself always a work in progress. The website makes this enormous amount of data accessible by providing easy-to-navigate links and options. You can search by plant or browse by choosing a major plant group. This is a very comprehensive site for anyone interested in the science of plants.
Diplomatic List -
If you've ever been curious about who has diplomatic rank and immunity around the world, this list will interest you. Prepared by the Office of Protocol in the U.S. Department of State, the Diplomatic List has a plethora of information and links to follow. You can type in the name of any country into a search box and learn all about the diplomatic, economic and political relations the U.S. has with that country. Drop-down menus make it easy to navigate. You can find out about policy issues, security and environmental issues around the world. There's lots to explore with this comprehensive website.
History Lists -
Assembled by History.com, History Lists takes a fascinating look at events and people throughout history. The lists are in several categories and include Ancient Greece, Royalty and the American Civil war. You can find out about "5 Romances That Changed History" or "11 Things You May Not Know About Marco Polo".The lists themselves are detailed and packed full of great and relevant photos. At the bottom of each list are links to related videos and topics. Like Forbes' Lists, History Lists is both fun and informative.
The Phobia List
If you don't think you have a phobia you might find out differently after reading this comprehensive list. Online since 1995, The Phobia List doesn't offer cures but does include a link where you can search for help. The list is alphabetized and very detailed. You can also explore how the phobia was originally named or read some great quotes about fear and fearlessness. If you are at all interested in the origin of words, this site covers much information on the topic. There are over 530 phobias on the list and all are genuine and referenced.
The Movie List is one of the best websites for movie-lovers. Founded in 1997, it continues to offer the latest news, trailers, discussions and previews about movies from 1931 to the present. They use high definition flash and quicktime for their trailers. Their active Movie List forum is spam-free and boasts over 34,000 members. You can easily browse through what's coming out soon or check out the classic movie list. They have a link to the "most watched" trailers so you can see what everyone else is interested in. The Movie List wll keep you absorbed and have you coming back for more.
With over 18.7 million page views per month, Listverse is definitely a premium destination for list-lovers. At this time they offer over 2500 top ten lists covering a fascinating variety of subject matter. Their goal is to educate and intrigue readers and they specialize in the bizarre and unusual. They publish three unique lists every day with categories ranging from art and literature to odd science. Listverse has an active community from all over the world. They were named Best Blog in 2011 by Time Magazine. Readers can purchase books from the Listverse bookstore or participate in the forums. You'll leave there smarter than when you arrived.