There’s a lot to see on the internet, what with everyone sharing their personal demons and building bloggy soapboxes left and right. Despite this, we’re all guilty of just visiting the same few dozen sites over and over again, whilst ignoring the other 99.99999% of the net. ‘Course most of them deserve ignoring, but what’s surprising is how INCREDIBLY popular some sites you never heard of, are. Take these sites – they probably won’t ring a bell and yet each one clocks in over 25 million unique visitors every month. To put that in perspective, that’s more than match.com, or Alibaba.com
Linking you with cheap suppliers across most developing countries, alibaba is responsible for a sizeable portion of the tat clogging our nation’s high streets. It’s done a lot for developing businesses in the UK, opened up access to cheap manufacturing, and is the main reason every EU country is in hock to China.
The world’s largest social reading and publishing company, Scribd offers a brain-meltingly massive amount of content to read and discuss with like-minded Web 2.0 bookworms. You won’t find the latest Harry Potter adventure on here but you will find a trove of undiscovered personal passion projects.
The most successful independent ad server in the US, Zedo builds software that allows publishers to manage ads on their pages. They also use HTTP cookies to track users’ browsing history which is why you get endless banner ads for paisley jumpsuits after searching for them on ASOS.
A very successful social network that has evolved into the leading social gaming network, hi5 was the third most popular challenger to facebook as recently as 3 years ago. Visitors can create their own avatar and interact with others playing over 200 games in a variety of genres.