Redditors reveal the most useful websites nobody seems to know about
Really upset no one mentioned KnowTechie, though.
It’s been thirty years since the first “website” on the World Wide Web (W3). In that time, the number of websites has grown exponentially, to a staggering 1.88 billion. With so many options out there, how do you find truly useful websites that are lesser-known? Well, you turn to the “front page of the internet,” Reddit, and the r/AskReddit subreddit.
Redditor u/SauloJr requested the hive mind’s help a few months back, asking, “What useful unknown website do you wish more people knew about?
We dove into the replies to surface the lesser-known gems that you really should know about. Here’s hoping that they can weather all the additional traffic they’re about to receive.
The most useful websites nobody seems to know about
Whether you are looking for dinner suggestions or need some free photo editing tools, Redditors have you covered with some genuinely fantastic suggestions. Check out some of our favorites below.
Tineye and Foto Forensics. Do you want to know if an image is shopped, cropped or otherwise altered? Using these two tools you’ve got a good chance of finding out. Tineye is reverse image search on steroids and foto forensics provides free image analysis tools. – u/jekylphd
If you really, really need to know if that social media posting is Photoshopped or the real thing, Foto Forensics is your best bet. It won’t instantly tell you the answer, instead it provides a professional level toolset to sniff out those alterations yourself. Handy in this age of digital misinformation.
Coolors.co Randomly generates 5 matching colors for you to use for paint jobs or designing – u/Particular_Ham
One of the most annoying things to figure out when designing something is the color palette. Coolors make it simple, with instantly generated five-color palettes at the stroke of a key. Oh, and there’s an iOS app so you can do it on the go.
My go-to has been Lunapic, the tool is under Edit (or just google “lunapic transparent”), and you can go by color or area, and it has a sliding scale for sensitivity. – u/Merman314
Removing the background of an image is one of the most common editing tasks, and LunaPic makes it effortless. The best thing is that this useful website is a fairly well-featured image editor for other tasks as well, so you don’t have to shell out to get expensive editing packages.
Gives you full directions from any two places from door to door including trains, busses and ferries. With options to fly to nearby places and take transit to get to your final destination. – u/Chaosrayne9000
Okay, travel isn’t really on the cards for many of us right now but this website is invaluable once it is. Get full directions between any two places on Earth, including alternative routes and more. Rome2rio works right down to local bus companies, so take all the hard work out of planning your journey.
I’m late to the party so this will probably be buried in the comments. I love maps as it can be humbling and also reveals the complexities of our world. Here’s a bunch of map websites worth exploring: – u/silent_woo
Want to be able to visualize the shipping lanes that we’ve been hearing so much about lately? Thanks to Kiln, you can, with Shipmap.org. Insanely cool, especially for the really busy areas like the Suez Canal.
Mealime (it’s an app). Instead of doing those expensive meal deliveries, this app let’s you pick out the recipes and builds a grocery list for you. It’s amazing!! Step by step instructions, and you can filter dietary restrictions. I love it! I go back to it whenever I get in a food-rut. – u/Individual-Schemes
Love the thought behind meal delivery services, but prefer to do your own shopping? Mealime lets you build up your weekly recipe list, and then turn that into a shopping list so you don’t have to think. You do have to find time to cook though, the app can’t help there.
Allows you to drive (or walk or sail or rail etc etc.) in many locations worldwide, while listening to radio stations. Pro tip: Use the desktop version and close one eye and watch if you’re watching train-rides (it’s gonna feel like 3D) – u/ShadowDancerOffical
Drive and Listen is one of the great useful websites if you just wanna sit back, kick on some tunes, and experience a new city. Heck, you can even ski down the slopes, from the comfort of your computer chair.
https://www.whatthefuckshouldimakefordinner.com/ – u/Kyleforshort
This is one of my fav sites, so I was very glad to see it in the replies. The Redditor only dropped the link and ran, but that’s okay because the URL is very descriptive. Go here, make a very short binary decision, and get taken to a recipe site where you can make the thing. Simple.
https://www.thiswebsitewillselfdestruct.com/ – u/chrisw138
This website is set to wipe itself if it doesn’t get a new message posted to it every 24 hours. We can’t let that happen, right? Let’s spread some positivity on it, to counter the negativity we encounter everywhere else. It’s also got links to mental health resources because we can all use a helping hand now and then.
It breaks the world into a grid of 9 meter squares and assigns each grid a random 3 word name. It’s perfect for meeting people at non traditional locations, such as festivals, parks, or anywhere without a specific address. I use it all the time to meet with my trail running group – u/IGHOTI907
How do you arrange to meet somewhere when it’s not at a store, crossroads, or another good landmark? Enter what3words, a useful website that lets you give within 9-meter directions to anyone. Think of it as orienteering, but without having to know which way longitude and latitude works, or even what they mean.
- https://thispersondoesnotexist.com/ – It’s an AI that creates faces of made-up people.
- https://www.gutenberg.org/ – Taking all the books that are copyright free and making digital copies available
- remove.bg – A great way to remove any background.
- Terms of Service, Didn’t Read – Summarizes terms of service and rates them for privacy.
- https://10minutemail.com/ – 10 minute mail provides a temporary email address for you to cut and paste into those pesky “insert email” forms
- Oldgamesdownload.com – Download and Play the games from the early 90’s and 2000s on your Windows machine
- Redditors wish they could forget these games and play them again for the first time
- Boomers learned how to use GIFs, so Millennials and Gen-Z are over it
- Try What’s Good is a review website without the reviews
- The days of remaining anonymous on the internet are coming to an end