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10 Sites From The Past That We Miss Each weekend I publish guest posts - this week on brands which we miss online. If you want to publish a guest post then feel free to email me a great article! 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...

Anna Farmery

Social Marketing Architect, Speaker, Author and in spare time completing PhD on the future of the social business model

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