Similar to simple, clever websites I’ve highlighted in past posts - like “stuff people like” blogs and FailBlog.com - new viral websites seem to be responding to a sort of backlash against web 2.0. It’s as if users are saying, “I don’t want to contribute. Just give me something easy and amusing (and useful if possible).” Here are some examples I’ve spotted in the past few months. Do you have any to add to the list?
- Shiba Inu Live Puppy Cam: Probably the most famous of all, this site has been written up in tons of articles like this NY Times piece. It literally requires nothing but staring at your computer screen. While I love puppies, it’s a little like watching paint dry.
- YourOfficeSucks.com: Some funny, many odd, and some boring ways to know whether your office sucks. Keep hitting refresh for a few rounds and then get back to your job search.
- WiFiFreeSpot.com: The name says it all. The site is a directory of all locations that offer Free Wi-Fi. Simple and useful.
- Web 2.0 Bullshit Generator: You can keep hitting the button until you get what you need. Also try Web 2.0 company name generator.
- UmbrellaToday.com: Apparently I’m the last to know about the simplest weather report ever. Just type your zip code to get a “Yes” or a “No.”
- LetMeGoogleThatForYou.com (or LMGTFY.com if you’re an acronym person): Lifehacker, the blog on getting things done, says this site “passive-aggressively helps your friends.” Type a question. Click a button.
- PalinAsPresident.us: This site is now old of course, but if you need a dose of Obamaspiration or want to remember what could have been, check it out.