5 Best Remote Computer Repair Websites to Get Help Now

No matter how tech-savvy you are, some computer problems will stump you. Whether it’s a malfunctioning RJ-45 port or a correcting a vcruntime140.dll error, there are times you need help fast.

The good news is that there are websites that provide fast and knowledgeable help to troubleshoot and correct almost any PC error you encounter. Some are paid services, but others provide help free of charge. These are some of the best remote computer repair options on the web.

1. r/TechSupport

Reddit is a treasure trove of information on a variety of subjects, and the Tech Support subreddit is one of the best in terms of solving even the most difficult computer errors. Search the subreddit for your problem before you post. Users have run into almost every issue imaginable and have posted the solutions online.

If you can’t find an answer to your problem, there is an extensive Wiki that covers most basic problems. There’s also the Knowledge Base, an extensive series of guides written by experts. If that doesn’t provide answers, post a question in the subreddit and wait for answers. 

If the problem is more immediate, there is a Discord you can use where experienced people hang out. They are willing to help you find a solution or answer more complicated questions so that you can repair your computer as easily as possible. 

2. Geek Squad

Geek Squad is one of the most well-known repair services on the market, and a staple of any Best Buy you visit. That said, the Geek Squad remote computer support is incredibly effective, with affordable pricing despite the level of service received.

Plans start at just $9.99 per month, or users can invest in a $199.99 annual membership that covers a wide range of problems. Geek Squad offers in-store, at-home, and remote repair services, and if you register for the Total Tech Support plan it includes an internet security software suite.

Geek Squad connects to your PC through a secure connection and allows you to disconnect at any point you feel uncomfortable with what the technician is doing. After an evaluation, the tech will let you know what needs to be done in order to repair or speed up your machine.

The technicians handle the process for you, which means you don’t have to sit around and wait. You can get up and walk away and come back to your machine later. When the technician is done, they will leave you a note or email you a summary of the repairs that were made.

While Geek Squad specializes in remote virus removal, installing antivirus software, tuning up your PC, and ensuring you have proper internet security, the service is invaluable when it comes to accessing computers that have been locked down due to viruses and malware. 

3. ITSatisfy

ITSatisfy is a popular website for repairing problems with tablets, laptops, and desktop PCs. The remote computer repair website offers a toll-free helpline to help diagnose what the problem might be. You can also live chat with a technician at any time if you’re a night owl and work on your PC when everyone else is asleep.

Actual repair services do cost, however. ITSatisfy charges $99.99 for a one-time PC fix, or annual unlimited support services for $199.99. The website can help with everything from setup and installation to network and router support. 

ITSatisfy is available to both US- and UK-based customers. If you have a bit of technical know-how, the team’s answers to your question can be just the information you need to correct the problem yourself without taking your machine into a shop. 

4. GeeksOnSite

GeeksOnSite is an all-in-one service that offers both in-person and remote technical support. The company offers service in most major cities across the US, but if all you need is technical support, the service is affordable and fast. 

GeeksOnSite charges $179 for a one-time fee or a monthly rate of $24.95. A technician will watch what you do on your PC through a secure connection with 256-bit encryption. This is a great option for users trying to solve a software-based problem or tweak a setting they do not understand. 

With the remote service, GeeksOnSite will also perform a “system tune up” where they scan your computer for viruses, malware, and other potential problems. They also clean temporary files and defrag your hard drive to improve the overall performance of your computer. 

While GeeksOnSite isn’t the most affordable option out there (especially with on-site services starting at $99 per hour), it is an effective one that will see your computer in working order. 

5. GeekBuddy

GeekBuddy is similar to GeeksOnSite, but serves as a more budget-friendly option. The website offers 24/7 support and free problem diagnosis. According to the site, they have more than 99% customer satisfaction with more than 25 million previous customers. 

GeekBuddy offers 24/7 technical support to users in the United States and Canada. The service is entirely remote. Technicians connect to your PC through a secure connection to troubleshoot problems and make repairs as needed. You can also speak to a technician through live chat to work on hardware-focused problems.

While diagnosis is free, the repair service costs $69.99 for a one-time fix. You can also invest in a service that covers three separate machines for $109.99, or a complete coverage option that includes 50 GB of secure cloud storage for $169.99 per year. 

These five remote computer repair services offer a wide variety of repair services and technical support. You can mix and match, too–use one service to diagnose what a problem might be and attempt to repair it yourself, and then use your favorite service to perform repairs you cannot handle. 

Whatever the situation, you no longer have to leave home to get the repair help you need. The internet is a treasure trove of computer repair and technical support, all at your fingertips. 

7 Sites to Find Public Domain Stock Footage for Your Video Projects

Everyone’s heard of stock photo websites where you can find images to use in your projects, both commercial and non-commercial. Did you know that you can also find stock video?

If you’re looking for an economical way to add diversity to the variety of shots in your project, using public domain footage or video is a great idea. 

Creative Commons Vs. Public Domain Footage

Some people confuse works licensed by Creative Commons with works that are in the public domain. If a work is in the public domain, that means anyone can use it for whatever reason they want. No one owns works that are in the public domain. In contrast, CC licenses are only applied to works that would otherwise be copyright-protected. 

For creators who want to affirmatively place their works in the public domain to the extent possible, Creative Commons offers the CC0 “no rights reserved” license

It’s up to you to determine and follow the usage, licensing, and royalty restrictions on any image, film, or video you use in your projects. Ignorance of the law is no defense, so be sure to do your due diligence. Another important thing to remember is that just because some film or video footage is in the public domain doesn’t mean that websites can’t charge you for it. 

Best Public Domain Footage Sites

There are lots of sites you can use to search for stock video for your projects, both free and for purchase. In this article, we’ll focus on sites that offer film and video that are in the public domain, giving you some resources to put together the best video project you can. 

Most are free, but some may require a small fee—and are likely far less expensive than purchasing stock footage that is not in the public domain.

1. PublicDomainFootage.com

PublicDomainFootage.com has a catalog of public domain archival stock footage and newsreels. Their archival and newsreel footage is organized by categories including entertainment, pop culture, religion, retro sports, and civil rights among others. 

You’ll pay to download the footage (most clips cost between $10 and $150), and then you can use it in any of your projects.

2. Vimeo

You can search vimeo.com for files that include the Creative Commons public domain dedication, and then you can search within those results. 

Confirm the CC0 license for any particular video on its main page by selecting the More link. An About popup will appear listing the video’s title, uploader, date of upload, license, and tags. Look for the CC0 license icon in the license field.

3. Pond5

Pond5’s Public Domain Project offers videos that are free for private and commercial use. In addition to public domain footage, you can also search for audio, images, and 3D models in the public domain. 

Pond5’s search function includes several useful filters. For example, you can upload your own video or image and then search for videos that are similar in composition or color. 

4. Prelinger Archives

The Prelinger Archives on archive.org includes thousands of films, with an emphasis on home movies and amateur films. You will likely pay a fee to license the use of clips from this collection. 

Why do you have to pay if these films are in the public domain? They explain in their FAQ. Since the Internet Archive isn’t in the business of issuing licenses for the use of the material in its collections, that means the risk would all be yours if you choose to use the films you find there in your projects. You would be responsible for ensuring that every piece of footage you use is actually in the public domain and, if not, that you have the appropriate license to use it. 

To save you that work, the Prelinger Archives works with Getty Images to license the films in the Prelinger collection, and Getty Images charges you a fee for that license. The benefit to you is that Getty Images indemnifies you if anyone makes a copyright infringement claim against you. In other words, with a license from Getty Images, you don’t have anything to worry about.

5. The Public Domain Review

This not-for-profit project is “dedicated to the exploration of curious and compelling works from the history of art, literature, and ideas” with a spotlight on content that is in the public domain. Search their film collection, and you’ll be able to filter by epoch, genre, theme, or type. 

6. Library of Congress National Screening Room

The National Screening Room is an effort by the Library of Congress to highlight their huge archive of old movies to viewers everywhere. While the “vast majority” of films in their collections have no copyright or other restrictions, remember, it’s still your responsibility to confirm your usage rights. 

7. Grand Canyon B-Roll Video Index

The National Park Service (NPS) offers the Grand Canyon National Park’s B-Roll archive, a catalog of downloadable video clips for your projects. 

As they note, everything in the B-Roll archive is in the public domain, so you don’t need to get their permission to use video in this collection. However, you can’t use their video to imply that the NPS endorses any product, service, organization, or person without their express permission. 

This archive includes aerial views of the Grand Canyon, time lapse video from the canyon rims, some scenic views, and videos of the Colorado River. 

8 Best Social Media Alternatives to Facebook and Twitter

Social media was already a thing (remember Myspace?) before mainstream juggernauts like Facebook and Twitter took over the industry. These days it can feel like you can either use these services or nothing else. However, there are many competing sites that might offer more of what you want or, at least, less of what you don’t want. 

Regardless of what your specific complaints are when it comes to the social media market leaders, you always have a social media alternative to turn to.

Mastodon

Mastodon is an Open Source, decentralized alternative to the Twitter microblogging service. It looks and works a lot like Twitter, so current Twitter users shouldn’t have too hard a time adjusting. Instead of Tweets, you send “toots” which can be up to 500 characters in length.

Under the hood however, Mastodon works very differently from Twitter. Instead of being a traditional hosted web service, Mastodon is spread out over a “federated” network. 

Different Mastodon instances are home to different types of content or different communities. Each has its own rules and policies, but they work together and share data with no issue. Instances can block each other or specific content from other instances, but users can interact with each other across instances without any issues. 

Its federated network design makes it hard if not impossible to shut Mastodon down and so it’s become a home for a diverse and often fringe set of subcultures.

Diaspora*

Major social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter are businesses aimed at making profit. Which is one of the reasons they use collected user data to offer more effective advertising to other businesses.

Diaspora* is a non-profit social media platform that’s owned and operated by users. The system is broken up into “pods” that are independently run and owned. Much like Mastodon’s instances, these pods are networked together. Even the initial development of Diaspora* came from crowd-sourcing.

By its very design, Diaspora* can’t be monetized or used to sell advertising. There’s no incentive to collect personal information at all, not to mention that it’s extremely resistant  to attempts to shut it down. The entire system is built around the principles of  decentralization, freedom and privacy. Something that’s built into the DNA of Mastodon’s code.

Ello

Ello started out as a straightforward alternative to Facebook. The main difference was largely that Ello is ad-free and therefore would not collect or sell user information to advertisers. Since then, it’s become a little less like Facebook and more like visually-focused sites such as Pinterest, Deviant Art or Instagram.

Ello has been embraced by artists to such an extent that the site now bills itself as “The Creators Network”. You’ll find a large collection of top artists showcasing their work, as well as many opportunities for up and coming artists to engage with briefs and show off their portfolios.

Ello is notable for its no-ads policy and no enforcement of real names. User data isn’t sold to third-parties either. Which makes it a compelling alternative to the Facebook-owned Instagram, with some aspects of Facebook thrown in for good measure.

The Dots

The Dots is actually more of an alternative to the likes of LinkedIn, but plenty of people use platforms like Facebook or Twitter to build a less formal professional network, so The Dots is still something we need to include in the conversation.

The “professional network for people who don’t wear suits” is pretty much the best description of The Dots you could have. Their copywriter has certainly earned a bonus! 

The Dots plays host to professional people from some of the hottest startups as well as big established brands. It’s a place where companies go to hire talent, but it’s also a good place to find other people who can help you, give advice or even collaborate on projects. It’s easy to set up a detailed profile so that people can see who you’ve worked with, what you’ve done and what sort of work you’re looking to do.

NextDoor

Many people who use Facebook are only really looking to connect to people who are close by, such as those who live in the same neighbourhood. It’s why people set up private Facebook groups for their homeowners associations and schools.

If that’s your primary reason for using social media, you may want to consider NextDoor. This is a social media platform designed specifically to let people who live in the same neighborhood communicate socially without being exposed to a larger social group.You’ll also get access to local resources, such as businesses in your area and nonprofit organizations and programs.

NextDoor requires that every user verify their name and address, but that information isn’t shared with anyone. That ensures the people you get to interact with are really a part of the local community. So you’ll know about events and problems in your own neighbourhood without having to worry about random strangers butting in.

Minds

Referred to as the “anti-Facebook” by Wired magazine, Minds has a unique business model where you can actually earn either tokens or real money for your activity on the site.

It’s a mix of different social media elements. You can publish blog posts, videos, pictures and statuses. There are feeds of trending topics and it has secure group chat as well.

If you create content, you can get paid in US Dollars and cryptocurrency by your fans. So it’s almost a mix of Facebook and the various platforms such as YouTube and Patreon.

Minds uses completely open source code, which means that you can look through their algorithms to know exactly how they work. Their content policy is very open and makes uses of a community jury to determine if something is unsuitable. It’s a platform with strong free speech underpinnings, so be prepared for robust opinions, depending on where you venture.

Signal & Telegram

We’ve grouped these two social media alternatives together because they are both alternatives to Facebook Messenger and similar apps like Whatsapp, which is owned by Facebook.

Both Signal and Telegram offer a more privacy-focused service. Although all of these services make use of encryption to protect your messages from prying eyes, Signal and Telegram go the extra mile.

Of the two, Signal is the most strict in terms of privacy. It takes a hard line against storing metadata on its servers and it doesn’t store or share information such as when you were last active. Signal also stores no info about its users at all, but of course that does mean it ends up being a little less convenient to use than Telegram.

We actually recommend that people use both Telegram and Signal. Telegram is great as a more private general-purpose messenger app with fun social features, while Signal is perfect for when you need to communicate with the highest level of privacy and security.

Social Media on Your Own Terms

Different social media platforms have different ways of conducting their business. They have their own policies, outlooks and company structures. Some want to make a profit, others want to build communities. There’s nothing inherently good or bad about any of these choices, but what’s important that you have choices. 

It’s never great for any one service or product to have a total monopoly and these social media alternatives let you decide about which sacrifices you’d like to make.

54 Best Alternatives to Amazon for Online Shopping

Amazon may be the leading online shopping platform, but there are other places to buy from in the wilds of the web.

You could be looking for something a bit different or need to do some comparison shopping. Perhaps you even deleted your Amazon account after a bad customer experience, or just want to support more independent stores that don’t sell through Amazon.

Whatever your reasons, there’s a wide world of shopping out there.

Best Alternatives to Amazon for Online Shopping

We checked out some top sources for most of the products, and while our list is by no means a complete one, it’ll give you a place to start from. Here are the best alternatives to Amazon for online shopping based on the major product categories.

Best Amazon Alternatives for Books

Amazon started out as an online bookstore, and it still sells books among millions of other items. If you want an alternative to Amazon for buying books online, there are numerous great options including:

  • Barnes & Noble: one of the largest and popular bookstores.
  • Powell’s Books: which deals in rare, new, out-of-print and used books.
  • Alibris: a long-lived marketplace for indie vendors to sell books, movies and music.
  • Book Outlet: which offers bargains on books, most of which are publisher overstocks.
  • DaedalusBooks: where you can find new books that you may have missed as the online store specializes in selling new books that didn’t sell.
  • Better World Books: which is best for books, textbooks, audiobooks, movies and music.
  • ThriftBooks: where you can get almost any used book.
  • Bookshop.org: an enterprise that helps keep indie booksellers afloat.

If you need free books, you can turn to our guide on the best sites to read books for free and alternative sites with free books for kids

Best Alternatives to Amazon for Clothing

Clothing and related accessories are available on Amazon, but there are many other places to buy them online. Some of these shops include:

  • L.L. Bean: a great online clothing store for casual and outdoor wear with free shipping and returns for credit card users.
  • JCPenney: an established clothing store since 1902 that sells conventional merchandise and jewelry.
  • Zappos: an Amazon subsidiary website, which specializes in shoes, clothing and related accessories.
  • YouShopOutlet: for well-made, comfortable shoes and boots.
  • Kohls: which sells clothing and offers free standard shipping if you spend $75 or more.
  • Macy’s: a popular clothing store with free shipping if you spend $25 or use your Macy’s credit card.

Best Amazon Alternatives for Electronics

Need a new laptop for your kids or for yourself, a pair of headphones, camera, or smartwatch? Consider the following online shopping alternatives to Amazon for all your electronic goods:

  • BestBuy: a major source for electronics and tech stuff that offers great deals with price-matched sales.
  • Newegg: which specializes in used, refurbished, and brand new electronics with free shipping on most items.
  • B&H (bhphotovideo): an online store that offers electronics and cameras, and ships to most places around the world.
  • MicroCenter: a site that sells electronics and computers with great deals and a wide selection of computer parts.
  • Precision Camera: for  new and used camera equipment, plus free ground shipping for purchases over $200.
  • Apple: for any Apple products from iOS to WatchOS and more.

Best Amazon Alternatives for Games and Outdoor Sports

If you love biking, camping, hiking, and sports, or you’re looking for a new pair of running shoes, try the following Amazon online marketplace alternatives:

  • Patagonia: for all your fitness clothing and outdoor gear.
  • PlayItAgainSports: where you can get new and gently used fitness and sporting apparel and equipment.
  • REI: which sells all sorts of gear and clothing outdoor recreational activities like boating, camping, snowboarding, and hiking.
  • Backcountry: which sells outdoor gear including camping equipment, with free standard shipping if you purchase items worth $50 or more.
  • DriveThruRPG: a popular digital marketplace for major and indie print-on-demand and digital role-playing games (RPGs), fiction, and comic books.
  • Bikesdirect: a good place for bicycling enthusiasts to shop for bikes.

Best Alternatives to Amazon for General Shopping

Before Amazon, there were and still are some bigger name stores where you can shop for general supplies from groceries to household supplies, electronics, toys, and furniture. Try these alternative stores, which also have a strong online presence:

  • eBay: where you can find something that you wouldn’t find elsewhere especially secondhand apparel.
  • Target: which sells just about everything with deals on a wide range of items including kitchen gadgets, clothing, pharmacy goods, electronics and furniture.
  • Walmart: a retail giant with a large tech section, and that’s known for being a bargain store for all sorts of home goods.
  • Overstock.com: a major online retailer that offers new products, but doesn’t sell groceries.
  • Rakuten (formerly Buy.com): which connects businesses with potential customers and offers product categories including electronics, home & outdoor, shoes, accessories, bags, luggage and more.
  • Jet.com: a Walmart subsidiary that offers brand-name items at low costs with free delivery for orders over $35.

Best Amazon Alternatives for Gifts and Crafts

Amazon has lots of unique gifts, but you may not find unusual products that are custom or individually made. For those one-of-a-kind gifts and craft items, try these sites:

  • Etsy: a huge site for crafts, custom, vintage and interesting hand-made gift items
  • Levenger: a great place for anyone who likes literary items like notebooks, pens or other reading and writing material.
  • LoveCrafts (formerly LoveKnitting): a specialized site for all things crocheting, knitting, and needlework.
  • Penguin Gift Shop: where you can find Penguin costumes, toys, and housewares.

Best Alternatives to Amazon for Home and Furniture

If you need something for your home, you may consider these alternative marketplaces:

  • IKEA: which is popular for its good-looking products with mind-boggling assembly directions.
  • HomeDepot: an established store where you can find supplies for home building or renovating, kitchen appliances, furniture and cleaning aids.
  • Made Trade: where you can purchase all your blankets, beddings, pillows and other sustainably made items for your home and closets.
  • Wayfair: which sells everything from sofa pillows to furniture, with free shipping for purchases of more than $35.
  • The Little Market: a nonprofit fair trade shop that sells hand-poured candles, homeware, handwoven baskets and bowls and other artisan made home items.
  • Uncommon Goods: which offers thoughtful yet unique items for any occasion including personalized maps, wedding gifts and even self-care kits.

Best Amazon Alternatives for Beauty and Health

For all your beauty, wellness, and fragrance products, here are some online shopping platforms to consider:

  • Greenbeauty Market: which sells candles and fragrance from indie brands like Aromatica, Noto Botanics, and Kind Planet Company along with other startups.
  • Superdrug: where you can choose from a wide range of electrical and fragrance offers, as well as skincare, makeup, perfume, and toiletries.
  • Sephora: for high-street and luxe beauty products. You also get two free samples with every order.
  • BLK + GRN: which sells black-owned natural and nontoxic goods from hair care to home goods, makeup and multivitamins.
  • Package Free: for eco-friendly and bulk-buy items from home and kitchen to bath and body products such as mouthwash tablets, silicone sandwich bags, reusable ear swabs and more.
  • The Detox Market: which sells high quality and effective beauty and wellness products.

Best Amazon Alternatives for Food and Groceries

Amazon isn’t the only place you can order your groceries online. Here are some alternatives you may want to consider:

  • Thrive Market: a food and drink online marketplace with good-for-you eats that are organic, gluten free or keto for your guilt-free enjoyment.
  • Boxed: which sells bulk foods and household items including detergent and diapers.
  • ImperfectFoods: which specializes in foods that don’t look so great but still taste good.

Best Amazon Alternatives for Pet Products

Whether you have a dog, cat, parrot or goldfish, try these alternative places to shop for food, toys and other accessories:

  • Chewy: for all your pet food, products and supplies at low prices.
  • PetSmart: which sells pet supplies, accessories, treats, and pet services to start your pet off on the right paw
  • Petco: where you can buy anything from pet food to equipment, live fish, aquariums, lighting, and pet medication.

Kick Amazon to the Curb

Amazon has been a one-stop shop for millions of consumers across the world, especially with the disruption that the coronavirus pandemic brought. If for some reason you’re not able to use Amazon, need something in a pinch and they can’t deliver, or you just want a different experience, try any of the alternatives above.

Did your favorite online shopping platform make the list? Tell us about it in the comments.

6 Best StumbleUpon Alternatives

StumbleUpon was one of the best ways to explore the web—just enter your interests, click a button, and watch as an interesting website was dropped onto your monitor.

Sadly, the service shut down operations in 2018 after 16 years. The good news is that there are still StumbleUpon alternatives that are worth checking out.

1. Mix

Mix is the “true” successor to StumbleUpon. In fact, in a letter to fans, the co-founder of StumbleUpon suggested Mix as the next step for the platform. You sign into Mix using your Google account where you are presented with five links: For you, Following, Popular, My Bookmarks, and Inbox.

You can enter your interests just like you would on StumbleUpon, choosing from a huge number of categories and subcategories. For example, you can choose “Food” as an interest, or you can drill down and select “Cheese” and “Healthy Eating.” The customization is great, even though it doesn’t feel quite like StumbleUpon.

You can also choose to follow people that have similar interests to yourself, save pages you find interesting, and more. While a button similar to the original “Stumble” feature would be a welcome addition, Mix is close enough to StumbleUpon to capture the essence of the site.

2. Discuvver

Discuvver is a site that captures the feeling of StumbleUpon. While it doesn’t allow you to list interests, it fulfills its promise of discovering interesting, unique sites “one click at a time.” From the main website, just click on the button that says “Take me to a useful website!”

The first click took us to Rezhound, a site for getting real-time availability alerts for tables at restaurants. The second click took us to Ninite, the single best program management tool on the web. The third took us to Review Skeptic, a website that uses an AI to determine whether a hotel review is real or not.

That’s all there is to Discuvver—click the button and find a website you might never have known about otherwise. Despite the simplicity, there’s a fun anticipation to be found in every click of the button.

3. Refind

Refind isn’t a site for entertainment, but rather for learning. It focuses on 1% improvement, day after day–which it tells readers equates to a 37x improvement over the course of a year. Refind asks users to give it 10 minutes each day for the next 14 days as a trial.

You sign up using Google, Facebook, or Twitter, and then pick five topics that interest you out of a huge range of potential subjects. Each day, Refind directs you to 10 links relating to these topics.

It’s not quite the same as stumbling onto topics by accident, but Refind can provide you with interesting links each and every day.

4. Pinterest

Everyone knows what Pinterest is, and though it may not seem like a StumbleUpon alternative, it absolutely is—and one of the better options, too. Pinterest is a great way to just browse the huge amount of content that’s on the web.

Just do a quick search for a topic you’re interested in and see what comes up. Usually, you’ll find everything from articles on the subject to numerous resources, fan pages, and more. Pinterest also makes it easy to tag articles and share them with friends. Contrary to popular belief, it’s more than just recipes in mason jars.

Just sign into Pinterest with your Facebook or Google account and get started. After a time, Pinterest will begin to suggest pages based on your search history. It will even suggest profiles for you to follow that are related to your interests. While Pinterest is largely visual, those images all link somewhere and are a great way to discover fascinating websites you might otherwise miss.

5. Reddit

Reddit may be the most popular website on the entire Internet. It’s a great place to find interesting, bizarre, and sometimes flat-out useless content. In many ways, Reddit is the ultimate StumbleUpon alternative. Rather than entering interests, you follow specific subreddits.

With a bit of effort, you can completely customize your Reddit homepage to only show content you want. Extra add-ons, like the Reddit Enhancement Suite, further expand the similarities. Reddit is a great way to find communities of people interested in the same things you are.

Something to note is that the smaller the community, the more likely it is to have valuable content. Larger communities tend to have so many submissions that interesting content can be missed, but the beauty of Reddit is that even the most niche interests have communities within the site.

6. Digg

Anyone older than 30 might be shocked to even hear Digg mentioned as a StumbleUpon alternative. Once upon a time, Digg was the powerhouse of the Internet. It was larger than Facebook, Reddit, and almost any other website, but eventually, it faded in popularity.

Now, Digg is an excellent resource for finding articles on numerous subjects, but especially tech-related topics. You can check Digg for information on tech, politics, bitcoin, science, design, photography, and more. The homepage is a curated list of some of the most interesting pieces on the site.

The format closely resembles that of Reddit, especially with the upvote format. The best topics will naturally find their way to the top, but you can scour the site for the less-popular articles and the content that doesn’t reach the front page.

If you click the “Explore” button in the top-right corner, Digg shows you a host of topics you can browse. This is one of the best ways to find out exactly what’s on the site, and a great way to discover fascinating stories that might otherwise fall by the wayside.

The Internet is a vast, fascinating place, and it can be tough to explore without the right tools. Visit these six sites and discover brand-new websites and resources you might never find otherwise.