I was reading this old post, and I was wondering which sites that I use on a daily basis, a few months later. One of the Google cofounders said that there's a toothbrush test: what is useful and is used once or more a day? My test is what is used at least once per week, according to my browser history.
A bajillion news sites
- Kindle Cloud Reader
- Bing (because of Bing Rewards - I've found that I still have to use Google for Finance and if Bing can't serve up satisfactory results. MSN money is better for hardcore investors. Google Finance is good for casual dilettantes.)
- The Wordpress site of my new business
- Google Voice
- MOOCs: Coursera and NovoEd (sometimes Udacity)
- Youtube (especially JennaMarbles)
- Startup where I work as an independent contractor
- Blogger (obviously, ha)
That list summarizes probably more than 80% of my Internet usage. I have a bunch of Google products listed, as well as two separate Amazon products.
It's not a smooth segue between the China article and this one, but I was really looking at what I use on a daily or weekly basis. Most of these services are free, with the major exception of 750words. I use Feedly more often than NewsBlur, but I do always revert to NewsBlur when Feedly goes down or errors out, which it occasionally does. For a few days, I may have to switch back to NewsBlur. I couldn't deal with their reliability issues, but I still believe in open source work, and I had no interest in hosting it myself. It made sense then and makes sense now to pay someone for the work that he does, because it does help me. I just don't use it normally.
You know what sites aren't on the list? WSJ and NYT. I still probably hit them weekly or slightly less frequently (they fall under the bajillion umbrella), but they aren't daily sites for me. NYT doesn't allow basically any traffic from Google Chrome. WSJ is always full of interesting news, and I love it; however, it's far too expensive. It's actually cheaper to get the paper version. However, I just read it when I'm at the library. I also try to backdoor into it, and I normally fail. The WSJ paywall is extremely strong. The NYT's isn't as porous as it used to be. That's why we direct traffic away from the paid sites into the ones that can still tell use what's going on. See an example of Fred Wilson doing it.