The Best of 404PageFound, and Other Primitive ’90s Websites That Still Exist

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Remember early fan sites? The vast archives of the internet are full of forgotten places. Stephen Johnson at Lifehacker does some deep digging for time capsules. Its equal parts funny and fascinating!

The idea that once something hits the internet, it’s there forever, isn’t true. Things disappear from the internet all the time, from once-thriving online communities being killed when their hosting company goes under, to publications that have their archives wiped, to personal sites that vanish when their owners stop paying the server bills. But the sites below are 1990s soldiers that avoided all of those pitfalls, to give us a look at the early internet, and a way to see ourselves online.

I started with 404PageFound’s excellent collection of somehow-still-running websites, then mined a little deeper for some of these other “diamonds.”

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