Which Dead Website Do You Miss The Most? [We Ask You]

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dead websitesGoogle Reader is no more, having been retired from service at the beginning of July. The news of its imminent culling was announced in March, and since then plenty of alternatives have revealed themselves. Still, Google Reader will be missed by many, and these same people will likely be preparing for the next time Google decides to kill off one its underused and/or under-performing services.

At the time of the announcement regarding the future of Google Reader we asked you what should have been culled in its stead? We’ve also previously asked what one website do you value above all others? This week we’re combining these two questions, sprinkling a little nostalgia on top, and (hoping) to have a fruitful discussion about dead websites.

This Week’s Question…

We want to know, Which Dead Website Do You Miss The Most? It isn’t just Google that regularly prunes its properties, and Yahoo has also recently announced a round of culls. Amongst a bunch of Web services most people have never heard of is AltaVista, which those of us over a certain age will remember with fondness.

With this in mind we want you to reveal which website you miss the most. For website — read Web service, because we’re talking here about sites which offered something of note to its user base. In other words please don’t tell us about a personal website of yours which you no longer update… we’re really not interested.

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With this being MakeUseOf we’d also like you to tell us which website or Web service you used to replace the one that died. In the same way that users of Google Reader are now having to choose the RSS feed reader to make use of from now on, we want you to offer up a replacement for the service you miss the most.

To recap…

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  1. Tell us which website you miss the most.
  2. Tell us why you were sad to see it go.
  3. Tell us what you replaced it with.

To help jog your memory Esquire has a list of old-skool Web services that were before their time. While none of those mentioned may have ever been on your radar, the list should help get your gray matter thinking nostalgically about the websites you used in the past which no longer exist.

Drawing Conclusions

All comments will be digested to form conclusions in a follow-up post next week where we will detail what You Told Us. One reader will be chosen for the coveted Comment Of The Week, getting their name up in lights, the respect of other readers, and a T-shirt chosen from those available through MakeUseOf Rewards. What more motivation than that do you need to respond?

We Ask You is a weekly column dedicated to finding out the opinions of MakeUseOf readers. The questions asked are usually open-ended and likely to necessitate a discussion. Some are opinion-based, while others see you sharing tips and advice, or advocating tools and apps to the MakeUseOf readership. This column is nothing without you, as MakeUseOf is nothing without you.

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Comments (44)
  • diqtux

    I miss music.download.com

  • atul

    google reader and gigapedia.

  • Eric

    Yahoo Launch and Geocities. YL was mostly bother free, worked on any OS and started it all. Geocities because I had a FREE website, and PageBuilder from Yahoo was freaking awesome. I miss those days.

  • Jeremy G

    At the moment eroto.com is the website I miss the most.
    I came across the work of R C Horsch some years ago. He’s best known (infamously) for his in depth photographs of the heroin/exploitation trade. He originally caught my interest because he also had a quite large portfolio of photographs of risque, confronting and experimental subjects including suicide.
    I was researching ‘suicide in popular fiction’ recently and remembered these photos, unfortunately, the site has been taken down, and there is surprisingly little online evidence of it or him ever having existed.

    • Dave P

      That isn’t one I’ve ever heard of, but I’m intrigued to know more. It’s worse when something disappears and there is very little trace left of it online.

    • S.E. Stokowski

      Eroto.com (R.C. Horsch) has been back for a year now and probably better than ever.

  • ReadandShare

    Does Napster qualify as a website?? If so, yeah, those were the days — downloading free music on a 14.4k modem — taking as long as half an hour per song — but hey, they were free!! :)

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