The Internet has far more worthless content than worthwhile, fortunately most of this content doesn’t get much sunlight. But there’s plenty to go around, even many of the web’s most popular sites can sink pretty low. Here I present to you ten of the Internet’s most popular websites that are also some of its worst. (In no particular order, number one isn’t any worse than number ten).
1: The Huffington Post
The Huffington Post is to news what a rotting skunk corpse is to food. A few of the things they write about:
- The pure evil of vaccines and pharmaceuticals
- The health advantages of drinking raw milk
- Why you should see a mystical healer
- How all cancer can be cured with baking soda
These are but the tip of the iceberg of The Huffington’s never ending war on reason.
As long as a concept or idea goes against accepted reason and scientific facts, they will post it and support it. If I were to grab myself a degree in homeopathy for 29$ online, call myself “Dr. Hall” and submit an article to them on the health advantages of drinking melted down peach pits, you’d see my praises and research all over the frontpage shortly thereafter.
But no one would read such trash, right? Wrong, it won a Pulitzer Prize in 2012 and was ranked the 1# most popular political site in the US the same year. The Huffington Post successfully got itself passed off as professional journalism, and now it’s not going away.
This used to be a good site, or at least, didn’t always exist in the hell dimension it does now. Around the time of Digg.com’s death, the site began to mutate into the monster it is today.
The causes were many: the sudden influx of brainlessness from digg, a general rise in popularity, and the eventual repercussions of its admins “anything goes” policy–all served to slowly transfigure the site into an even worse version of the deformed malignancy known as 4chan.
The site has many subreddits, but Reddit’s problems only grow more insidious in the corners.
It is certainly convenient to be able to get all your fluffy kitten pictures and rape-murder how-to guides at the same source. Convenient for some, anyhow, others may find it disturbing–for example, anyone who isn’t a deranged lunatic.
Some people are able to make good use of this site, using it as a tool to enhance their lives.
…I’m only kidding. eBay has been helping people buy and sell useless products for highly inflated prices since 1996, but the dubious value of many of its transactions is not the site’s problem.
Its problem is that it’s horribly bad at absolutely everything it does. From interface, customer support, fraud policies and everything else, eBay stands out by being as incompetent and unreliable as possible.
On CSSB, The company currently has 968 negative comments out of 1000 total.
Despite being the MySpace of commerce sites and having a variety of superior competitors, eBay remains the Internet’s 23rd most popular website by traffic.
If you want to know how to go to eHow, you can read how to on eHow. But it will just tell you to go to eHow to find out.
At best a source of mind-numbingly basic information (how to wear pants, how to drink water, how to read words), and at worst a legally dubious content mill (any well written content on the site is taken from better sources and spun or copied).
eHow and similar sites have been called a sophisticated, evolved form of spamming. Google partially agreed with this conclusion last year and penalized such sites severally in an algorithm update.
But eHow’s vast library of worthless content still garners it search engine rankings. And in spite of, or perhaps because of its dumbed down content, it remains one of the Internet’s most popular sites.
Run by the same company as eHow, this online humor site is specifically tailored from the ground up to get as much attention, money, and traffic as possible.
Cracked offers easy to digest humor pumped out by the warehouse which follows textbook marketing guidelines. People love list articles (like this one), so every single article on Cracked is a list. Each article uses phrases, titles and structure that encourage the average person to want to read them.
One wonders just how many rehashed “Top ten top ten lists about top ten lists” people are willing to gobble up.
However, the site does have some quality content, and overall is more intelligent than most popular humor providers (although this isn’t saying much).