Time just put out their list of the best and worst websites, and it certainly provides plenty of good fodder for discussion. Here are a few of my observations:

  • I had never heard of many of the sites on the list – including 4 of the top 5 sites – which is either a testament to my ignorance and/or an indication of the lightning fast pace of innovation and change on the Web
  • The top ranked site is weebly.com – which is designed to help non-techies (that’s me) build their own sites
  • Many of the top websites are designed to help users navigate the online jungle – finding, using, organizing and sharing content – rather than trying to market or sell
  • Many of the sites also provide free support or applications – a healthy continuation of the Web’s collaborative and open-source tradition 
  • Both MySpace and Second Life both landed in the Top 5 worst sites. Egads! Seems like the rest of the world is catching up to the reality that MySpace has become overwhelmed by spam and scams, and that Second Life is much better as a concept than a website (am I the only person who can’t transport without crashing?)

Perhaps my biggest reaction to the list is amazement at the collective ingenuity and talent of the site developers. Sure some of these folks may be looking for the next IPO and billion-dollar buyout, but the breadth of new applications and ideas is impressive and suggests that Web 2.0 technology is nowhere near the end of its creative peak.

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