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Survey Results: Favorite Web Sites

The most interesting thing about the survey results for favorite web sites wasn’t which sites made the top 3 lineup. Google was #1 by a long shot, no surprise, with nearly half of respondents naming the popular search engine. (Tip: check out Vivisimo's clusty.com for a more organized way to search!) The Post Gazette came in a distant #2 (15% of respondents) while the Carnegie Library got the #3 spot.

News source sites such as the New York Times, CNN and – of course --Pop City were well represented along with familiar notables such as Salon and Slate, The Economist and Wall St. Journal.

All well and good, but what grabbed our attention were the quirky, fun, intelligent, cool (any combination thereof) sites that are less known. Confession: Ok, the first site listed here is one of our favorites. And who can resist a site that calls itself "one-stop shop of intellectual surfing? Not this gang. Enjoy. And if you have more to add to the list, email us at info@popcitymedia.com.

Cool Finds

pandora.com: A music genome project where you enter your favorite artist and build a radio station based on similar music. Way cool. And you can rate songs, from I really like this song to Why is this song playing?

aldaily.com: Arts & Letters compilation of recent articles in national magazines and publications along with essays, opinion pieces, new books, ahhhhh....

scienceblogs.com: What else? Great thinking in the science world. Check out the gender bender pieces.

3quarksdaily.com: One-stop intellectual surfing, bookmarked by Richard Dawkins and David Byrne, they say. Guest authors on diverse topics from science and art to design and literature. Example: A new twist on time machines.

Overheardinpittsburgh.com: Voted Best Blog of 2006 by the Pittsburgh City Paper. On the street conversations, often humorous—“Isn’t it great? Touch his mullet!”—sometimes sad, usually interesting.

eGullet.com:  “Read. Chew. Discuss.” The eGullet Society for Culinary Arts & Letters.

Thinkexist.com: Search for quotations. We did and found this on “quotations”: “I love quotations because it is a joy to find thoughts one might have, beautifully expressed with much authority by someone recognizably wiser than oneself.”  (Marlene Dietrich) Another cool feature: enter your birthday and find out what famous people were born that day.

Metafilter.com: a community weblog with a smart, international participation.

Blubrix.com: a “collaborative art enterprise” by two Pittsburgh artists, Ken Stowell and Christina Gillespie.

creativetime.org: Innovative art in the public realm in NYC. Check out Public Archives unleashed.

etsy.com: The place for serious crafters. Seriously.

elsewares.com: Like to shop online for all things cool? This is the place.

flavorpill.net: Best of arts, music and culture in six cities, from New York to San Francisco.

wfmu.org: Independent freeform radio live on the web.
pitchforkmedia.com: Music news and reviews, including best new music picks. Great way to find new tunes and artists.

Special thanks to Campos, Inc. for compiling the survey results.

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