The 12 Best of 2012: Day 4

Numbers 3, 2, and 1 on Our Best-Of List Are . . .

Picking our favorite stories of the year isn’t easy. Like children and GIFs, we love them all in their own way. But ask us which sites and apps we’re still regularly using come year’s end, and we’ll tell you these.
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 3  Pixlr Express

This photo-editing wunderkind has over 600 possible tools, filters, and settings. Comprehensive? Yes. Excessive? Absolutely not. In a few short weeks it has become our go-to camera app. »
 2   Songza

By pairing moods and activities with playlists, this addictive music site provides a truly turnkey listening experience. From last-minute party playlists to tunes for working, it covers all the bases. »
 1   Pocket

After featuring this app in its first iteration as Read It Later, we balked at covering its update to Pocket (we like to keep things fresh). Instead, we included it in our old-is-new roundup. Yet, when we sat down to discuss our most-used, most-beloved sites of the year, “Pocket” was the first word out of everyone’s mouth. It’s no understatement to say that this app, which bookmarks articles from across the Web for offline reading on any device, has changed how we consume content. »