We can think of more than a few dead or long-ignored websites we want dusted off and brought back to life. Here are the seven sites we miss the most. Let’s surf the web of nostalgia.
The number-one choice, perhaps not surprisingly, was HomestarRunner.com. The Brothers Chaps are allegedly-hopefully-pretty-pretty-please bringing the site back, but some people are sceptical that Strong Bad and gang will ever actually return. Here’s hoping that The Cheat (and everyone else) is not dead.
Many people loved the O.G. social media site, which, from 2005 to early 2008, was the single most-visited address on the entirety of the internet. It’s still alive — sorta — but a buyout, a loss of focus, and the juggernaut that is Facebook have all conspired to kick it far from its once-held pedestal. But we miss those golden days, just like Justin Timberlake probably does.
Suck.com was sort of the original news/pop-culture/gossip/politics/whatever site, with a collection of pseudonymous personalities that helped define the casually smart sound of the internet that still holds true today. Sadly, this internet forebear didn’t survive to see the image it impressed on our minds. RIP, Suck.com.
CompuServe is technically still alive, but visiting it is a time-warp back to the ugly graphics and janky layouts of the Windows 2000 era. In particular, we really miss its inscrutable email address format and $US6-an-hour pricing. OK, maybe “miss” isn’t the right word.
A Bunch of Dead Google Services
A lot of us miss iGoogle. Some of you, seemingly, will profess your love for Google’s defunct homepage for the rest of your lives. That’s not the only dead Google feature you miss though — some of us just won’t forgive the death of Reader, and there’s a whole graveyard of other features that Google has iced over the years.
The majestic hairstyle known as the mullet would have probably died a slow, silent, noble death, were it not for MulletsGalore. But the site that made mullets a punchline has itself been swept into the internet’s dustbin. Gone, but not forgotten.
Honourable Mention: Manbeef, Bringing Commenters Together
Not too many remember Manbeef, the hoax “human meat distributor” that used the extremely early-2000s trend of chain emails to play the long con on easily-outraged internetters worldwide.
Any dead sites we missed? Sound off in the comment section below!
This story has been updated since its original publication.