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Best of the Web, Part II: Check Out Our Survey

Posted by: Rob Hof on August 24, 2005

My little request for your picks for best sites and services on the Web—which has brought a wealth of great suggestions, in Comments below—has now morphed into a full-blown online survey. So now, instead of relying upon me to count your votes, you can cast your own here, and see a running tally of results. We’ll be adding sites as we go along, so come back over the next few weeks and we’ll have even better picks from which to choose. In fact, we’re hoping you’ll write in your own. I suspect the People’s Choice picks will be the most interesting of the lot.

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Reader Comments

Marc Hedlund

August 24, 2005 02:40 PM

It looks like the winners so far are the biggest brand names and the best-recognized sites. Those may in fact be the Best of the Web, but not necessarily. I think it would be too bad if, by leaning too heavily on a survey, the eventual article just catalogues all the names we all already know.

Or maybe I'm just defensive because all of my obscure suggestions are losing, and they're great. ;)

Rob Hof

August 24, 2005 02:59 PM

Marc, not to worry. I noticed the same trend and initially was a little dismayed. But we expect to make our list in the magazine more than a popularity contest. After all, in any realm of human endeavor, the most popular candidates and even the winners aren't always the best, are they? So while we want to nod to the mainstays that deserve their popularity, we will aim in the magazine to highlight the lesser-known sites that are doing great stuff.


August 29, 2005 07:29 PM

I smell a cheater... I've noticed that whenever one company gets close in rank to "Mefeedia" their results seem to increase by several thousand giving them a 50% lead over anyone else.

Chief Groupie

September 13, 2005 02:37 AM

Grouper's vocal user base has decided to write Grouper in for the video category. Any chance you can make Grouper a selection since the people are saying Grouper does video right. Also noticed that Mefeedia's lead seems to be rather constant despite the growth in votes from others in the video category.

Chief Groupie


September 18, 2005 04:20 AM

Um, hi. This is Peter, from Mefeedia. Please don't accuse people of cheating wildly like this, Grouper person.

The poll *can* clearly be cheated (I clicked twice and it seemed to count both clicks), but I certainly didn't do anything to cheat, didn't repeatedly click or anything, and I don't think my users did either.

So having said that, Rob, good for you for not relying too much on a survey and using your judgement. And I really love the fact that Businessweek is highlighting some of the lesser known, upcoming sites.

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