For this installment of the 2008 CyberNet Awards we are taking a look at some of my own Most Used Web Services from throughout the year. I don’t use that many web services on a regular basis, and so this was an easy list for me to assemble.
Without further ado here are my own most used web services…
–5th Place: Hulu—
There are really only a few shows on TV that I like to watch, and fortunately for me, most of them on are on Hulu. That means I can watch my favorite television shows anywhere that I have a computer and Internet connection, and the number of ads are minimal.
–4th Place: Google Reader—
I’m what some would call a news addict, and Google Reader helps me stay on top of it all. The interface is simple and yet effective, which is a must for me. Plus the iPhone-optimized site makes reading news on-the-go a piece of cake.
–3rd Place: Flickr—
Now that I’ve accumulated over 8,000 photos, I’m always looking for the best way to share them with family and friends. Flickr is the perfect tool for me to do that. They have different sets of permissions for friends and family that I can assign to each individual photo. Not to mention the fact that for a mere $25 a year I can upload an unlimited number of photos and have an unlimited amount of bandwidth. It’s tough to find a deal like that anywhere else.
–2nd Place: Gmail—
Gmail has been in my life for several years now, and as each year passes it becomes harder and harder for me to pull away from it. The addition of Gmail Labs and Themes have made the online interface a real treat to use, that’s for sure. They’ve been rolling out so many great features with Gmail Labs that I feel as though Google will get around to adding almost all of the things the users want to see, and this rapid pace of innovation is extremely appealing.
–1st Place: Buxfer—
I just started using Buxfer a few months ago, and there’s probably a good chance that you’ve never even heard of it. It’s an online financial management application that is similar in many ways to the popular Mint.com. I prefer Buxfer over a desktop application because it synchronizes with all of my checking and savings accounts, where Quicken only synchronizes with one of my 3 accounts.
There are two reasons that I prefer Buxfer over Mint.com. First off, I can manually add transactions instead of relying solely on synchronization. Secondly, Buxfer offers an option to have it not store any of the passwords on their server. That’s great for anyone afraid that their information will be compromised in the event the site gets hacked. Of course you have to manually enter in the credentials each time you want to sync, but it’s still a lot easier than going to each of your financial sites individually.
–And Your Winners–
Now it is time for you to chime in! Let us know in the comments who earned your “Most Used Web Services” award.