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The 5/5-10 Website Rule - 5 Cents
Posted by: Paul Nichols

25 Sep 2011

If youre like me and most guys I know, lifes pretty simple. Work, eat, family, sleep. Throw in some community time. Some sports time.


This simplicity transfers to the Internet, too. You check about 5 websites regularly and another 5 to 10 not too often. Here are my 5:


www.espn.com, www.dimebrothers.com, www.facebook.com, e-mail, and www.theonion.com.


Some words on The Onion: It seems like theyve given up on the metered paywall approach, in which they were trying to make you subscribe after viewing 5 articles in a month. Their attempt was pretty porous and lasted about a month. One could just copy and paste the articles into another program to read them, or even just scroll down and continue reading cause their attempt to block content was stuck at the top of the page. Theyre probably re-doing it.


Some of my 5 to 10 Im bored, whats the Internet got for me? sites are:

www.cracked.com (can learn a lot here, surprisingly)

www.nhc.noaa.gov (the next hurricane could be coming for you!)

www.uncrate.com (outrageous gifts for men; recent links included Wampa-fur sneakers, a $150 umbrella, and a $135M yacht).


The other dimebrother is known to like www.redbookmag.com.

© 2011 Dime Brothers
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Reader Comments:

Most of my main sites are on the links sidebar. My top 5 is almost the same as yours. ESPN, email, facebook, DimeBrothers, but replace The Onion with Yahoo! - whatever they want to put on that front page I'll digest. Including Yahoo! in my top 5 is kind of cheating because that's where I'll read Garfield and Dilbert each day, as well as watch "Who Knew?" and "PTiNT" every once in awhile (see the sidebar for links).

My second tier of websites includes two local news sites and XKCD.com.

Third tier sites are everything else.

No truth to the RedBook rumor.
25 Sep 2011
News Feeds
I got to thinking about how few websites we might actully check. I've since added Twitter to my list. I use it to get foreignpolicy news. Sure beats searching for stuff. And sure explains why every news organization wants to connect with you via facebook.

These social readers, though. Sorry, Yahoo News. I'm not interested in signing up for the social reader app, or "upgrading" to Facebook's timeline to read your article. If you don't want me to click on your articles, you're now doing a good job of that. We'll take a little inconvenience, sure. Many folks will sign up for social reader. But would you rather have people funneled to the Yahoo site or have them signed up to Social Reader? Well, I'm sure you've done the math and can live with the results.
29 Apr 2012

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