We all know and love tops musical, theatrical or just scandalous. It is therefore common reason to think that there must be sites that encompass such tops. Well www.toptenz.net is a perfect example of life, on s short list. What's different about www.toptenz.net ? Every single top or list on this site has not 1, not 5, not 100, but simply 10 elements! This is the site to visit if you want to see the top 1.
When you visit it, you will see that is very well structured, and it has so many categories your head will spin. You can see lists on almost any topic you can think of, under such categories as Bizzare, Entertainment, Food, Health, History, Music, Nature, People, Podcasts, Politics, Religion, Sex, Sports and Travel.
Since the website so huge, it is easy to not know where to go when you forts visit it, so it's quite smart of the creator to have put the random list generator and recent top 10 lists in plain view on the home page.
Another great feature of the lists published on www.toptenz.net is that they each have a witty introduction. It's not just a issuing of elements, they all have a story, a presentation beforehand, which makes it that much more appealing to the reader - at least it did to me.
All in all this website is a great resource both for actual information and also if you just want to waste some time surfing the Internet and reading something funny, bizarre or just completely out of the ordinary.
Why do we recommend it?
We highly recommend www.toptenz.net because of its versatility, wide range of topics approached in listings and also, because of the pure fun you can have by browsing it and reading those lists.
Why is it famous?
I believe that www.toptenz.net is so well known because of its unusual listing format. First of all it only features top 10 lists - no more no less than 10. Secondly all the lists have a very funny and smart introduction, which resembles a story. It is all very appealing to the readers.
FW Editor: What inspired you to create such a site? Shell Harris: I have always been a fan of to 10 lists and one night I started searching for internet and interesting to 10 lists and while I found a few there was no site devoted to the top 10 list. So, when you can't find something you tend to want to create it yourself, so I did. And http://www.TopTenz.net was born.
FW Editor: Did you always have this structure in mind, or did the quizzes and blog come later on, after the actual listings? Shell Harris: I have experimented add other things to the site such as quizzes and even a forum for a few months, but the site's popularity has always been because to the top 10 list. Spending my time on other features that never took off seemed a waste of my time and wasn't something I particularly like doing. As a result, I have put the focus back on creating the best top 10 lists on the web.
FW Editor: What is the craziest top ten list you have received from a writer with the request to publish it? Shell Harris: It is hard to pick one list that is the craziest, but the Top 10 Things Better Than Sex stand out, I think - http://www.toptenz.net/top-10-things-better-than-sex.php. Although Top 10 Useless Body Parts - http://www.toptenz.net/top-10-most-useless-body-parts.php was also a very odd list.
FW Editor: If you were to create another top x lists site, what would that X stand for and how would you go about it? Shell Harris: If I were to pick another number, I would choose 3. Why 3? Well, it would allow more research time to be spent on each item on the list and lead to more in depth discussion and less time wasted on less relevant list items. So, if something was on a top 3 list, you know it deserves to be there and the research would back it up. If I were to insert a topic, I would choose Top Helpful Website Lists. There are so many great sites that people aren't aware of.
FW Editor: Is there a specific top 10 list that you created and are very proud of? Shell Harris: I rarely laugh at things I write, but the Top 10 Boardgames We Secretly Hate - http://www.toptenz.net/top-10-board-games-we-secretly-hate.php - will make me laugh every time. It is a list I’ve had in my head since I was a child, hating many family boardgames.
FW Editor: Is there any other humanitarian organization or cause that you wish to uphold with the help of TopTenz besides standup2cancer.org? Shell Harris: At this time, funds for the site are limited to pay the hosting fees, writer fees and other marketing expenses. But if finance allow in the future, I would like to support the National Multiple Sclerosis Society - http://www.nationalmssociety.org/ - to bring an end to this debilitating disease.
FW Editor: What category of top 10 lists is the most viewed? Shell Harris: That is an easy answer, the category relating to Sex - http://www.toptenz.net/lists/sex. Even though Toptenz.net is a PG (family) site, we still post some some lists that delve on this sensitive subject. The Bizarre (http://www.toptenz.net/lists/bizarre) and People (http://www.toptenz.net/lists/people) categories come in second and third.
FW Editor: To what other endeavors do you think Top Tenz will lead you to in the future? Shell Harris: It is my hope that TopTenz.net will become a book. There are so many well written lists that really get you thinking, it would be a shame if they never made it to the written page. A weekly radio show would be great. We have started towards this goal with our TopTenz podcast (http://www.toptenz.net/podcast) found in the iTunes.