10 Sites From The Past That We Miss

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10 Sites From The Past That We Miss

Websites and services come and go on a daily basis. Unfortunately, often these websites become some our favorites and it’s really hard to let go when they get shut down. We have to move on and find something else to use in its place. What’s even worse is that often there is never another website or service that can take its place. Let’s look at 10 of those site now that are greatly missed.

Imeem

Imeem, a very popular music sharing and discovery site, was acquired by MySpace and then abruptly shut down. MySpace was trash talked for weeks after doing this by many of Imeem’s loyal users. The shut down came as a huge surprise because there was no warning: one day it was there and the next day it wasn’t. The shut down has left behind a lot of angry and lost users who now refuse to turn to MySpace for their music needs. This was definitely a lose-lose situation for MySpace.

Pownce

Pownce was once one of Twitter’s top competitors and was labeled by the New Your Times as “the hottest startup in Silicon Valley.” It was one of the original microblogging sites and allowed users to embed content (photos, music, videos, events) right within their posts. a social task management company I worked for even used it internally for collaboration. Unfortunately (and surprisingly), they were no match for Twitter. Their traffic kept declining and they were soon acquired and shut down.

LimeWire

LimeWire is currently under a court order and has been forced to shut down for violating copyright laws. LimeWire was a popular and free peer-to-peer (P2P) file sharing client that used the gnutella network as well as the BitTorrent protocol. It first arrived on the scene in 2000. While LimeWire did contribute highly to software and music piracy, hey just didn’t adhere to the rules and will now never be able to make a comeback.

Millsberry

The Web is a dangerous place, especially for kids, but Millsberry was a cute site where kids could have fun and parents didn’t have to worry. Millsberry let kids play games, get cool wallpapers and posters, and connect with other kids their age. Being that it was such a kid-friendly site and did a great job at educating parents on the ins and outs of the site, it’s frustrating to see it gone. Sadly, there really aren’t too many safe sites left out there for kids.

GeoCities

If you were on the Web in the late 90’s/early 2000’s and wanted to create a quick and easy website for free, you probably started one through GeoCities. People loved it because you didn’t need to know any type of HTML to build a website. You could have a free website about anything you liked up and running in no time. It was one of the original sites (before social networks) that let you create a homepage and tell the world about yourself and what you liked.

AllFreeCalls

Who doesn’t want a free way to make phone calls, especially to foreign countries which cost the most to call? Well, this is what AllFreeCalls was for: making free international calls. It’s only natural that a site like this would be successful and that phone companies would be highly upset. “Users would first have to call a phone number in Iowa and then call out to any of the dozens of countries from there.” AT&T wasn’t too happy about this and eventually had the site shut down.

LaLa

LaLa was a hub for online music discovery and purchasing. It lets users listen to music for free and tracks to playlists. You could even download a plugin to you computer that would let you sync your own personal music library with your LaLa account. LaLa was soon acquired by Apple and was then shut down; I guess we have iTunes to thank for that.

MyBlogLog

Though MyBlogLog wasn’t too long ago shut down, it’s still already greatly missed. MyBlogLog was a cool tool that let you add a widget to your blog so that you could track who was visiting. You could also create a network for your blog and gain more visitors. There was also a cool click tracking tool that would showcase the top clicked links on your blog for the day. With all of its unique features, it’s really disappointing to see MyBlogLog gone.

Tr.im

The shut down of Tr.im was kind of inevitable since most URL shortening services do not last long. There is really no way to monetize them because people are not going to pay to shorten links with so many other free options out there. While Tr.im did have a decent sized, loyal user-base, it just couldn’t stand up against it’s biggest competitor Bit.ly.

Yahoo Buzz

Yahoo Buzz was Yahoo’s own news ranking system (kind of like Digg). You could buzz stories up or down and even share your own content. You could add comments to stories and have conversations with others who liked it as well. If a story was popular enough and got enough Buzzes, it would then be features on the Yahoo homepage. After a hard decision, Yahoo decided to shut it down along with many other services that weren’t doing so well.

Long live these 10 sites, they’ll forever be missed. What site from the past do you miss the most?

This post was written by Lior Levin who is a student and consultant for the MA in political science program in the well known TLV University. Lior also advises to a psd to html company that works with developers from all over the world.

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Anna has spent over 20 years as a Board Director at several global brands. She now runs her own company The Engaging Brand which supports business leaders who want to transition to the new social business model. She is also a speaker, writer and radio show presenter on social business, indeed her podcast The Engaging Brand has been nominated 6 years running as Best Business Podcast at the Podcast Awards. She brings an unusual mix of experience to business - she has a 1st Class Law Degree, MBA in marketing and is a qualified Chartered Accountant. This unusual mix means not just explaining the why of being social but how to turn social into a measurable business tactic to grow your bottom line. Her blog www.theengagingbrand.com is recognised as one of the leading UK marketing blogs.

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  1. kyinwan@gmail.com'
    July 19, 2011 at 3:16 pm

    Lime wire is one the best websites in late 90s. I remember when I was in college I use to download using this site.

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