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10 Great Time-Wasting Entertaining Websites

The World Wide Web, Graf­fiti in Nantes, August 2012

As a free­lancer, I’m online a lot. Granted, I spent most of my on not-so-exacting web­sites like French-English dic­tio­nar­ies and language-related web­sites (and actu­ally work­ing!), but some­times I need a break and I click on “Time-Wasting Web­sites” in my bookmarks.

Yes, I have a ded­i­cated cat­e­gory to these fun web­sites where you can spend hours of your pre­cious time.

We all need some fun, right?

I hope you will enjoy this list of ten great time-wasting websites!

Not Always Right — Self-described as “funny and stu­pid cus­tomer sto­ries”, Not Always Right is an out­let for any­one work­ing in the cus­tomer ser­vice indus­try… and most of us did, at one point in our life. The web­site fea­tures a col­lec­tion of dia­logues between employ­ees in var­i­ous indus­tries (food, ser­vice, etc.) and a stu­pid cus­tomer. Don’t for­get to check out the Hall of Fame! Not Always Work­ingfol­lows the same model and fea­tures bad cus­tomer ser­vice, bosses and co-workers stories.

Buz­zfeed — Viral news, silly con­tent, weird jokes… yes, this is the “web 2.0″, what­ever that means. Don’t expect lengthy arti­cles and great jour­nal­ism but you will get a healthy dose of pop culture.

PassiveAggressiveNotes.com — This web­sites fea­tures “pho­tographs of vaguely threat­en­ing signs, notes and mes­sages”, aka passive-aggressive notes left to cus­tomers, employ­ees, neigh­bours, etc. Hilar­i­ous… in a very passive-aggressive way. All the pic­tures of the signs and notes are also on Flickr.

You Suck at Craigslist — Every­body knows Craiglist, the local clas­si­fieds for jobs, hous­ing, for sale, per­son­als, ser­vices, etc. And as any­one who has browsed Craigslist can attest, some ads are just plain wrong. This web­site col­lects them, and makes hilar­i­ous com­ments on them.

Clients From Hell — Described as “a col­lec­tion of anony­mously con­tributed client hor­ror sto­ries from design­ers”, this web­site can speak to any free­lancer in any indus­try and fea­tures funny snip­pets of con­ver­sa­tion between pro­fes­sion­als and their clients.

Oddee — This is a blog on odd­i­ties, fea­tur­ing “the odd, bizarre and strange things of our world”. Granted, the lists (a new one is pub­lished every day) aren’t always con­sis­tent or taste­ful, but some are quite interesting.

Post­Se­cret — Dis­creetly branded as “the largest advertisement-free blog in the world”, Post­Se­cret sports a min­i­mal­is­tic inter­face and fea­tures post­cards of secrets sent by anony­mous strangers from all over the world. The project is fas­ci­nat­ing, and some secrets are truly moving.

Lame­book — This web­sites posts screen cap­tures of funny Face­book sta­tus, fails and strange con­ver­sa­tion. It could also be called “please don’t be that per­son on Facebook”.

Life­hacker For funny and smart tips on just about every­thing: life, work, tech­nol­ogy, etc.

Red­dit – Self-described as “the front page of the Inter­net”, Red­dit is a huge com­mu­nity made of thou­sands of ‘sub­red­dit” (kind of like small forums) on thou­sands of top­ics. Users can post links or text, and sub­mis­sions are pro­moted and dis­cussed. My favourite sub­red­dit include AskRed­dit (for discussion-inspiring ques­tions), Canada and Ottawa (for local top­ics), IWantOut (for expats and immi­grants) and IAmA (Pres­i­dent Obama recently answered ques­tions in this subreddit!).

Any enter­tain­ing or inter­est­ing web­sites you visit daily? Any favourite among these ones?

16 comments

  1. Time killing’ may be the bet­ter term?

  2. I just found this — thanks for putting You Suck at Craigslist on your list, and thanks for read­ing! I’m so glad you enjoy the site!

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