What Defunct Web Services Do You Miss?

What Defunct Web Services Do You Miss?

You guys know what I still miss? Springpad. And, to some extent, Google Reader. What old, defunct web services do you miss?

I know there are other services that can duplicate Springpad’s former glory, but none of them really stuck with me as much as the original did. Google Reader’s death is still a sore spot, even though Feedly does just fine for me. ReQall is another simple, well-featured to-do app that was great before it decided to “pivot,” which inevitably resulted in its death. And hey, remember Astrid? (At least there’s a good clone of Astrid that’s still amazing.)

All of this got me thinking about web services we used to use all the time that have gone by the wayside — and the ones that we would still use if they were around today. For me? I would absolutely still use Springpad if it were still a thing. What about you?


  • I wouldn’t use them now as they were terrible services but they make me feel nostalgic, so that is missing them in a sense.
    – Geocities. Back when you chose the neighborhood for your page. /silicon_valley/haven and would pile gif’s all over your site making a hideous mess
    – Yahoo Chat
    – ICQ. I can still hear the message notification sound

  • We Are Hunted was a great music Web service before Twitter brought them out and killed it.

  • FriendFeed. I had a particular group of reading/book lovers that I ”met’ there that was truly lovely…the interface was easy but also useful for our kind of discussion (most of us were book bloggers whose RSS feeds would post automatically then generate a threaded discussion), the barrier to entry zero and there were no ads. We moved to FB but it’s not the same…ads are everywhere, you have to let people know your real name (assuming you have a FB account under that name) and are tracked and hassled by FB just for the privilege of having a chat with some mates

  • Geocities / Angelfire
    mBox (it was that voicemail service that you could listen to from your web browser! it was the 90’s?)
    the original hamster dance site

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