Many of these sites have been mentioned on this blog, or even exist in the sidebar, but they are worth repeating. If you want or need to know more about global internet trends, then there are a few fun ways to put your finger on the pulse.
What are people watching? What are people linking to? What are people talking about? Two sites do a very good job of covering this from two different perspectives. ViralVideoChart measures links, Videmeter measures views.
People look for things that interest them. They have a specific intent in mind when they type words into a search engine. This stuff is gold, and both Yahoo and Google have interesting pages to track trends and cultural shifts.
Blogging makes the internet world turn. It is word-of-mouth in a rocketship. Knowing what people are talking about is the key to understanding them and what they really want. These sites are worth their weight in wit.
WTF [Where's The Fire] by Technorati
We only feature movies, music, fashion, ideas, technology, and culture that are on the rise and worth your time. – BuzzFeed
There are a million ad blogs, but the best aggregation I have come accross for one stop shop-talk is the Ad Feed.
There. Now you know a few of my more obvious secret weapons. I’m going to have to dig a bit deeper next time…