The 11 Best Websites Of 2004

Man, the internet sure is getting cool!

1. Friendster

Friendster is this awesome site where you can connect to friends of friends and stalk them or go on dates and stuff. It’s like a network of friends — a network of social connections!

2. There.com

What if you could chat like you do in ICQ, but…with a life-like avatar saying your words to your digi-friends? Now you can! There.com is like a virtual world of friends!

3. Revver

Can a video sharing site really take off in the days of Netflix? Unlikely. But if there’s a good contender our there, it’s Revver. It’s like the online home of America’s Funniest Home Videos.

4. Daypop

Daypop is a search engine if it were run by someone with great selective taste — like a “curator” of the web. It’s a welcome relief to the clutter and bloat of major sites like Google.com or AllTheWeb.com (below at #9).

6. Kazaa

The really internet savvy amongst you are already saying it: Kazaa is a service, not a site! True, but Kazaa.com is the BEST place to download this awesome peer-to-peer file sharing application. It’s goin to change music FOREVER.

7. Bolt

Bolt was one of the first websites to let their users create their own pages, and with some exciting new features (including something called “sponsored badges”) coming this summer, it’s poised to revolutionize web communities again.

8. Netscape.com

Not just the home of the web’s most popular browser, Netscape.com is an awesome portal site itself that is sure to dominate the web for decades to come.

9. AllTheWeb.com

With it’s recent acquisition by Yahoo!, AllTheWeb is poised to become a serious competitor to Google.com.

10. FuckedCompany.com

As the tech sector starts to heat up again in the wake of the bubble bursting, there’s a certain amount of schadenfreude to be savored in the demise of high-flying start-ups. Thankfully, Fucked Company is there to catalogue it all for us, as it happens. Hopefully it never sells out or gets shut down!

11. The Facebook

This site almost didn’t make the list since it’s only for students at a few elite colleges, but with plans to expand to a number of other schools next year — including, gasp, possibly high schools! — The Facebook could come to dominate the college market in the way Friendster has the web in general.

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