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107 Ways to Waste Time at Work

— September 22, 2008 — Pop Culture
Workplace distractions are inevitable, whether they're self-inflicted or from an external source. Several studies indicate that the average office worker is interrupted every three minutes, and that it takes just under a half an hour for that interrupted worker to get back on track. Add that to the two hours each employee spends visiting websites that have nothing to do with work each day, and you have an unbeatable recipe for wasting time at work.

If you think about it, nearly every article in Trend Hunter Magazine could be construed as a potential way to waste time at work. We regularly cover groundbreaking websites, viral videos and unique applications that are perfect to waste a few minutes--or hours--when you're supposed to be doing something else. The statistics already put your productivity at work behind the eight ball, so you'd might as well have some fun.

This cluster of 107 ways to waste time at work is an excellent way to streamline your office distractions. Rather than Stumble your way through dozens of pages, at Trend Hunter we've done the work for you.

Naturally, there are a wide range of selections here. Whether you're collecting votes for your new makeover, streaming indie music, reviewing the beer you drank last night, creating your own handbag, cookbook or pop art; touring the world with Google Earth, keeping up with the day's most viral videos, or globally tracking the dollar bills in your pocket, distracting yourself at work will never be the same.
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Lost and Found ID Codes
Lost and Found ID Codes
SendMeHome.com To Register Your Valuables
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Interacting With Virtual Tenants
Interacting With Virtual Tenants
Starring for Atava
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Video How To Sites
Video How To Sites
HowCast
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Comprehensive How-To Sites
Comprehensive How-To Sites
Quamut
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101
Virtual Mix Tapes
Virtual Mix Tapes
Mixwit is Embeddable
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100
Social Network For TV
Social Network For TV
TIOTI Joins TV/Film Lovers
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99
Online Concert Ticket Haggling
Online Concert Ticket Haggling
Zigabid.com Negotiable Marketplace
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98
Social Contest Site with Celebrity Flair
Social Contest Site with Celebrity Flair
ibeatyou.com
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97
Mix and Match Magazine Subscriptions
Mix and Match Magazine Subscriptions
Maghound.com
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96
Social Commentary Networks
Social Commentary Networks
BackType
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95
Personalized Cartoons
Personalized Cartoons
Bitstrips Took Over Sixty's Life
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94
Estimates The Solar Potential Of Your Roof
Estimates The Solar Potential Of Your Roof
RoofRay
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93
Organizing Group Action Online
Organizing Group Action Online
The Point
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92
Meta Investing Websites
Meta Investing Websites
StreetRead
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91
Twitter Style Video Updates
Twitter Style Video Updates
12seconds.tv
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90
Amazing Cosmic Simulations
Amazing Cosmic Simulations
Astronomy Videos from The New Scientist
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89
Virtual Investigators for Ex Lovers
Virtual Investigators for Ex Lovers
Why Was I Dissed?
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88
Crowdsourcing Music Wikis
Crowdsourcing Music Wikis
Amazon Launches SoundUnwound.com
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87
Buy Your Own Political TV Ad
Buy Your Own Political TV Ad
SaysMe.tv
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86
Social Mood Management Website
Social Mood Management Website
MoodMill
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85
Online Commitment Contracts
Online Commitment Contracts
StickK to Your Goals
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84
Artificial Intelligence Rates Your Website
Artificial Intelligence Rates Your Website
Feng-GUI
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83
Hijacked Micro-Blogging
Hijacked Micro-Blogging
Twitter is Penis
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82
Collaborative Online Product Naming
Collaborative Online Product Naming
NameThis.com
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81
Create Your Own TV Commercials
Create Your Own TV Commercials
Virgin Wants to know 'What Happens Next?'
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80
Personalized Singing Phone Calls
Personalized Singing Phone Calls
Taj Tunes
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Radiohead in LEGO
Radiohead in LEGO
Depressing Radiohead Videos in Lego
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Universal Social Networks
Universal Social Networks
Google Friend Connect Makes Any Site A Social Network
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77
Custom Clothes Not Just For Affluent Anymore
Custom Clothes Not Just For Affluent Anymore
Web-Based Personalization
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76
DIY Social Network
DIY Social Network
Ning Sites for Anything
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75
Realtime Nightlife Hotspots
Realtime Nightlife Hotspots
CitySense
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Custom Fabric Designed By You
Custom Fabric Designed By You
Spoonflower.com
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Customized Hand Made Bags
Customized Hand Made Bags
Build-A-Bag Lets You Design Your Own Accessories
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Location Based Gaming
Location Based Gaming
Locomatrix Blends Virtual and Reality
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Create Your Own Games
Create Your Own Games
Playcrafter.com
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70
ChooseMyName.Com
ChooseMyName.Com
The Next Million Dollar Website?
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69
Social Vodka Networks
Social Vodka Networks
Christiania Crowns Site
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68
Create Your Own Font
Create Your Own Font
FontStructions Online Font Building Tools
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67
Instant Movie Gratification
Instant Movie Gratification
Video On Demand from Amazon
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66
DIY Video Mashup Tools
DIY Video Mashup Tools
YouTubeDoubler.com
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65
Crowdsourced Journalism
Crowdsourced Journalism
The News is NowPublic.com
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Virtual Image Consultants
Virtual Image Consultants
Nintendo DS Project Beauty
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63
Twitter Aggregators
Twitter Aggregators
FAVRD Shows Day's Best Posts
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62
Slow Motion Video to Debunk Myths
Slow Motion Video to Debunk Myths
Time Warp's "How Dogs Drink"
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61
Online Scrapbooking Resources
Online Scrapbooking Resources
10 Great Sites
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60
Surprising Yourself With Mystery Gifts
Surprising Yourself With Mystery Gifts
The Something Store
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59
Social Network For Designers
Social Network For Designers
Design 21
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5 Social Shopping Sites + ILikeTotallyLoveIt.com
5 Social Shopping Sites + ILikeTotallyLoveIt.com
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57
Become A Simpson
Become A Simpson
Virtual Makeovers For Ultimate Fans
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56
Interactive Olympic Maps
Interactive Olympic Maps
Medal Count From 1896 to 2004
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Crowdsourced R&D
Crowdsourced R&D
InnoCentive Poses Million Dollar Challenge
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54
Google Earth Tours
Google Earth Tours
Disney World Interactive Mega Map
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53
Virtual Cities
Virtual Cities
GeoSimCities 3D Philadelphia Tours
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52
Silly Office Game
Silly Office Game
Basket Case
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51
Anti-Social Networking
Anti-Social Networking
Enemybook & Snubster
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50
Personalized Postal Stamps + Top 5 Stamps for the Holidays
Personalized Postal Stamps + Top 5 Stamps for the Holidays
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49
Rebel Manufacturing
Rebel Manufacturing
Factory Worker Loads iPhone With Her Photos Before Shipping
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48
Google Street View of Tour de France
Google Street View of Tour de France
Virtual Cycling Tours
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47
DIY July 4 Fireworks
DIY July 4 Fireworks
Interactive Fireworks
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Anonymous Workplace Rants
Anonymous Workplace Rants
GlassDoor.com
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45
Inappropriate Office Toys
Inappropriate Office Toys
Cap Blaster Blowgun
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44
(Illegally) Free Magazines Online
(Illegally) Free Magazines Online
Mygazines.com
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43
Real-Time Money Travel Tracking
Real-Time Money Travel Tracking
WheresGeorge.com
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42
Social Multimedia Scrapbooking
Social Multimedia Scrapbooking
Scrapblog
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41
Disney Google Earth Tour
Disney Google Earth Tour
3D Virtual Disney World (UPDATE)
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40
Unreleased Album Remix Contests
Unreleased Album Remix Contests
Third Eye Blind for Ursa Major
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39
DIY Music Remixes
DIY Music Remixes
Musinaut Customizable MXP4s
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38
Social Networks for Beer Drinkers
Social Networks for Beer Drinkers
BrewSocial
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Working iPhone Gun Bluetooth Set
Working iPhone Gun Bluetooth Set
iGiveUp
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36
Crowdsourced Journalism
Crowdsourced Journalism
Assignment Zero: an Experiment in Pro-Am Journalism
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35
Virtual Mixed Media Scrapbooks
Virtual Mixed Media Scrapbooks
Glogster
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34
Build-a-Bag
Build-a-Bag
Anna William DIY Site
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Stumble Streaming Indie Music
Stumble Streaming Indie Music
Stumbleaudio
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Interactive Awesome
Interactive Awesome
The Twix 'Get the Girl' Choose Your Own Adventure
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More Cowbell Personalized Remixes
More Cowbell Personalized Remixes
Channel Christopher Walken with MoreCowbell.dj
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Danish Fashion Fixations
Danish Fashion Fixations
Copenhagen Website Stays on Top of Street Style
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Personalized Genealogy Maps
Personalized Genealogy Maps
Worldnames by Public Profiler
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Derelict London
Derelict London
Alternative London Guide Website
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Fake Suicide Game
Fake Suicide Game
Does '5 Minutes To Kill (Yourself)' Game Cross the Line?
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Crowdsourced Restaurants
Crowdsourced Restaurants
The Instructables Restaurant
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Custom Shoes Based on Your Photos
Custom Shoes Based on Your Photos
Nike PhotoiD
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DIY Custom Cookbooks
DIY Custom Cookbooks
Inkubook.com
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Cyber Makeovers
Cyber Makeovers
Make Yourself Hot With The Click of A Mouse
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Personalized Picture Books
Personalized Picture Books
FlattenMe Fairytales Feature You
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DIY  Disaster Dioramas
DIY Disaster Dioramas
Spitefuls Paper Crafts
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3D Travel Websites
3D Travel Websites
'OnionMap' 3-D City Exploring
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Wasting 280,951 Office Post-Its
Wasting 280,951 Office Post-Its
The Sticky Note Experiments
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Personalized Movie Cameos
Personalized Movie Cameos
FaceDub Makes You A Star
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Real-Time Personal Makeovers
Real-Time Personal Makeovers
RestyleMe.com
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Animate Your Pet
Animate Your Pet
Interactive Talking Pets Viral
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Personalize Your Pizza Online
Personalize Your Pizza Online
Domino's Pizza Builder
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Viral Christmas Cheer
Viral Christmas Cheer
ElfYourself
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Color-Based Social Networking
Color-Based Social Networking
ColourLovers.com Celebrates All Shades
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Interactive Retro Flashbacks
Interactive Retro Flashbacks
Yearbook Yourself
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Cult Bunny Sites
Cult Bunny Sites
Bunnylicious
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You As Art
You As Art
Transform Yourself Into Pop Art With TrendyPortrait
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DIY Sneaker Designs
DIY Sneaker Designs
Sneakart Personalized Skins
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Face Transformer
Face Transformer
Turn Yourself Into Manga Character or Ape
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Jokerize Yourself
Jokerize Yourself
Free Dark Knight iPhone App
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Northern Lights Timelapse + Flickr Photos
Northern Lights Timelapse + Flickr Photos
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Pencil Art
Pencil Art
Creative With Office Supplies
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Office Stationery Sculptures
Office Stationery Sculptures
The End of Office Boredom
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DIY Shoe Design Tutorials
DIY Shoe Design Tutorials
Bobsmade Colors Your World
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Small-Space Cooking Solutions
Small-Space Cooking Solutions
Kitchen Works in a Drawer
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Virtual Pubic Hair Design
Virtual Pubic Hair Design
Interactive Intimate Styling
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