The Coolest Websites of 2012 (So Far)

By Alison Caporimo

I know what you’re thinking: already? But really, why wait?

Take the destroy-after-reading site Burn Note, for example, in which users designate a termination date for emails and permanently erase them from the receiver’s inbox; it’s perfect for sending credit card information and unrequited love letters. Or the hilarious What Should We Call Me? blog that uses funny animated GIFs that bring to life epiphanies like how dieting works. And who can survive without the living, breathing mood board Moodstream by Getty, where users plug in their feelings and are shown a stream of images to inspire them?

Still, my number one choice for, well, the first eight-and-two-thirds months of 2012, has to be Incredibox, a new build-it-yourself music website where users layer various beats, voices and effects to compose on-the-spot symphonies. Drag different icons into the pixelated “recording studio,” mix and match tunes and tones and watch as cool-looking musical dudes perform your creation. When you’re happy with your song, click the “record” button and share your masterpiece with everyone on Facebook. If only The Beatles knew it would be this easy.

So, what are your picks for the coolest, funniest, most surprising sites of the year (so far)? Let us know in the comments section.

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