What does a site encouraging people to upload personalised eight track playlists, mixtape style, have in common with one that donates ten grains of rice to the UN for every question you get correct on a multiple choice quiz? They’re all on Time Magazine’s 50 Best Websites of 2011.
The renowned magazine says the aim of the annual list is to honour “the scrappy newcomers and established players that make the Web so useful, entertaining and just plain indispensable”. Artistic, conceptual sites like Dear Photograph, therefore, can rub shoulders with an established gaming and tech site like The Escapist.
The sites are divided into broad categories including Sports, News and Info and Social Media. Time has run the list since 2005, adapting the broad categories a number of times since its inception.
Initial nominations for the list were made by Time Magazine’s editors, with the final 50 being decided by public vote. The list was then released with commentary by Time columnist and editor of tech site Technologizer, Harry McCracken.
Here is the list, organised by category: