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The web's top 20

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The magazine may be giving you the top 20 reasons to be in 10 territories across the globe - including Argentina, Canada, China, France, The Netherlands, Portugal, South Africa, Sweden, UAE, and USA - in our November issue (on sale now) but on Wallpaper.com, we're looking at an equally magnetic territory: the web.

Teaming up with Nicolas Roope, founder of digital agency Poke and chairman of the Lovie Awards (honouring the best of the European internet), we've curated an edit of the top 20 things about the virtual landscape, from ingenious online, iPhone and iPad apps and cutting edge retail ventures, to addictive blogs.

But, they’re not just our choices. To cast our nets wide, we sought tips from the Twittersphere too. And you came back to us in numbers. Fresh from this Twitter-fuelled online adventure, we bring you our definitive list of the 20 best features of the web.

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    Living in the past has never been so modern. Retro photo-sharing, a kind of nostalgic image-based Twitter

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    Small time investment for the masses, Kickstarter brings investor, inventor and customer closer together. Don’t just buy something, be part of its history

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    Gives rare access to a carefully curated collection of people’s first and second homes - intimate and stylish living spaces the world over. To sample the quality, browse the top 40

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    TweetDeck

    You’re probably using it already. All your chatter in one control panel. Like being an air traffic controller to your life

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    With so many devices, you need all your precious things in one safe place: the cloud

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    An addictive library of patterns found in unexpected places. Spend a few moments browsing the archives and you’ll look at the world through fresh eyes

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    When we heard Parisian fashion concept store French Trotters had teamed up with blog Redingote, our ears pricked. And we weren’t disappointed. The result? An online boutique of French craft at its most chic

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    Sound Cloud

    Share music, share sound and dive into the moment that really interests you

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    The ultimate band sampler. Flick through big pictures and band sounds and jump in when you find something you like

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    Untapped fashion talent at your finger tips, neatly packaged on a freshly revamped website

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    This app-cessory for smart-phones and iPads gives you portable credit card swipe-ability on the go. Ideal for big ticket transactions in places where suitcases full of cash are too conspicuous

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    Finger Battle

    Two-player adrenaline-fuelled iPhone game of adorable simplicity

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    Crowd curated product goodness. Svpply’s tentacles touch the lovingly designed and constructed, wherever it may be

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    Plan Cast

    See who’s doing what and going where in your network. HIghly recommended for stalkers

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    The most civilized of all gadgets with global free 3G built in. Trashy novels have never read so good

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    Airfoil

    Seamlessly sends Spotify streams, cds and iTunes et al from your Mac to speaker-connected ipods, iphones, macs and Apple TVs. We're not sure how we lived without it

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    Kayak iPhone app

    The web’s favourite travel booking site now packed neatly into a smartphone app

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    Pinterest

    Gather and share inspiration on this virtual pinboard and get tip offs from others

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    The web shop of the hyper-curated boutique in London’s Dalston

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    How influential are you? Klout has the answer

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