In order to make the list of 2008's Top Ten Worst Sites, you have to deliver a consistently bad user experience, make it as difficult as possible for people to use your site, and be completely down more often than not. All ten of these sites made these requirements (and more!) with flying colors. Many went and above these basic hurdles, as I'll describe in the list below.
Myspace might be one of the most popular sites on the Web, but it certainly didn't get there because of its garish, ill-conceived design, poor user experience, or thinly disguised spyware trying to pass as advertisements. MySpace is probably most infamous for having virtually no safeguards in place to guard minors; it also has absolutely no defense against naked men and women waving their....assets.....in your face if you dare to click through to another user's profile.
MySpace Alternatives: Facebook, Ten Social Web Community Sites You Might Not Know About
Raunchy, rude, and reckless, the folks at TMZ love to exploit celebrities' worst foibles to the general public. Sure, we all love celebrity gossip, but TMZ manages to cross over the line of common decency a little too often.
TMZ alternatives: The Top Ten Best Celebrity Gossip Sites, Yahoo OMG Entertainment News, Lipstick.com, Jossip, Pink is the New Blog, Just Jared
At first glance, FlipDog seems like a reasonably well put-together job search
engine. However, it's completely powered by Monster.com
, which begs the question of why should you go through the trouble of creating two user profiles for what is essentially the same search engine? Plus, the site won't render correctly in anything but Internet Explorer
- and for those of us who use Firefox
, this isn't a plus.
FlipDog alternatives: Top Ten Job Search Engines, Indeed.com, Find a Job with Bloglines, LinkedIn.com, a Job Search Engine with a Social Networking Twist, SimplyHired.com, a Good Basic Job Search Engine, Five Things You Can Do With Craigslist
eBay has really gone downhill in the past few years: sellers have been hit with exorbitant fees, and buyers have little to no recourse against shoddy sellers. It's still possible to find a good deal on eBay, however, between shipping and other assorted fees, you're probably better off with Craigslist
eBay alternatives: Online Shopping Guide
FriendFeed, a relatively new entrant to the world of social networking, is a service meant to consolidate all your different Web outlets: Twitter, Facebook, delicious, etc. - into one convenient place. It does this very well. However, FriendFeed fails in its other objective, which is to connect people from all over the world. Sure, there ARE people on FriendFeed talking, but it's got a very high school, echo chamber, clique-ish feel to it - and if you're not in the clique, then FriendFeed most likely will not be your cup of tea.
FriendFeed alternatives: Facebook.com, Ten New Community Sites on the Web, Twitter