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Last Updated: Friday, 17 November 2006, 16:05 GMT
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Kate Russell
By Kate Russell
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Kate Russell gives us her latest selection of the best sites on the World Wide Web.

Netvibes website

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The web contains so much diverse information that it can be hard to organise your favourites folder in a sensible fashion. But now you do not have to organise anything, with the help of the very simple to use Netvibes.

RSS feeds, Gmail, del.icio.us account, Flickr folders. All are just a few of the many useful services you may have signed up for, and using Netvibes you can arrange them all with just a couple of clicks so that they appear as you want them on your own personal homepage, accessible through any browser.


Woophy website screen grab

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Next up, is an intriguing project created by a bunch of Dutch people who are mad about photography.

The aim of Woophy, which stands for "World of photography", is to create a collective work of art using pictures taken and posted from all over the world.

On the opening page you see a map, and each of the little pins on that map represents a photo.

If you hover your mouse pointer over a pin, a small thumbnail pops-up, which you can click to see the photos from that area in the right-hand-side bar. Clicking a picture in this sidebar will open it up in a central window where you can read, or add your own comments.

Use the map controls in the bottom left corner to zoom in and out and move about, or you can use your mouse point to draw a square and zoom in on a specific area.

The range of images is amazing. Some are people, some just scenery from the area.

When you are through perusing, why not add your own pic? You will need to register, and then just follow the prompts after clicking the link in your activation e-mail. I wonder if you can find my picture posted in the London area?


Sky Scanner website

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Matrin Hallenberg is a student from Copenhagen in Denmark who has a brilliant way of searching for budget flights without having to visit loads of websites.

Using Skyscanner could not be simpler, just fill in the details of your trip on the opening page and then click search. A nice touch here is that you can leave some of the details, such as day, blank, allowing you to take advantage of the best possible deals if you are flexible on dates, which is ideal for students!

The next page shows the result of your search, laid out in a bar chart allowing you to quickly see what days you can get the best prices.

Make your selection on the bar chart for outbound and return flights, and the next page lists the flights in more details.

When you are happy with your choice, the final page offers you a button to click through to the airlines website to purchase your flight. Easy.


Skytrax website

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While we are on the subject of flying, Skytrax is another great example of the internet empowering consumers so that they can make the best possible choices about what to buy.

Got a long trip to plan? Want to make sure you will have a good flight, and not just a cheap flight? Skytrax is a place for you to read and review dozens of international airports and airlines.

This website covers every aspect of air travel, from how clean and well designed the airports are, to how good the in-flight food is. It includes reviews by travellers too, so you can read up on actual passenger experiences rather than rely on any marketing hype.

The sections are listed in tabs across the top. Go to Airlines and then Preferred Airlines for a snapshot view of which carriers have achieved quality status, or why not take a look at the passenger opinions for an airline you are thinking of booking with? You may be surprised what you learn.



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