7 Dead Websites That Should Be Brought Back

Last week, we asked you which dead or long-ignored website you want dusted off and brought back to life. You answered the call—all 433 of you who commented—and the result was a tour of the best sites of the 90s and early 2000s. Here are the seven sites you miss the most. Let's surf the web of nostalgia.

Homestar Runner


The number-one choice, perhaps not surprisingly, was HomestarRunner.com. Some of you didn't realize The Brothers Chaps are allegedly-hopefully-pretty-pretty-please bringing the site back, while others among you are skeptical that Strong Bad and gang will ever actually return. Here's hoping that The Cheat (and everyone else) is not dead.


Plenty of you 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 you miss those golden days, just like Justin Timberlake probably does.



Plenty of you mentioned file-sharing websites of one sort or another, but Megaupload stood head-and-shoulders above the rest in your collective mind. In fact, those of you who miss Megaupload also mentioned it alongside other roguish websites that ran afoul of the law. Ride on, you cowboys and cowgirls of the unregulated web.



Here's one I'd forgotten about entirely, but you didn't. 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 still alive and regularly updated in 2014, but visiting it is a time-warp back to the ugly graphics and janky layouts of the Windows 2000 era. In particular, you really miss its inscrutable email address format and $6-an-hour pricing. Okay, maybe "miss" isn't the right word.

A Bunch of Dead Google Services


A lot of you 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 you 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've 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.

Honorable Mention: Manbeef, Bringing Commenters Together


Not too many of you remembered 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. The domain's long been dead, but two commenters remembered it. When it comes to cannibalism-themed internet hoaxes, great minds think alike.

Any dead sites we missed? Sound off in the comment section below!


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