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DNR Websites Come Back to Life!

Maybe I’m feeling nostlagic today. Or possibly it’s because one of our office walls looks like this:



Most likely it was, the facelift that Mr. Timberlake himself has given to MySpace.  Have you guys seen this thing? It looks like Spotify and Facebook had a love child [2], and I am NOT complaining. I think it might actually have a fair shot of becoming a major player in the social scene with its signature musical emphasis.

Seeing this reincarnation of a once DNR site got me thinking about all the search engines, sites, and social platforms of yesteryear. I miss Ask Jeeves and Friendster! I decided to poll the office and see which sites our staff misses most, and asked them to get a little creative by imagining these sites reborn today. Let’s see what they said:


David Carrillo, Social Media Manager – Live Journal

Definitely LiveJournal! 10 years after Doogie Howser made blogging cool (think about it), LiveJournal was born and, for this then-teenager, it was glorious. It’s been somewhat reincarnated by Tumblr—and technically it has yet to be declared dead—but it’s just not the same. More than anything, I just wish people wrote more than two-sentence Reblog-bait.



Sarah Gottlieb, SEO Creative Editor – Netscape

I definitely want Netscape back.  And I think it should focus on sending the following to your desktop screen: cute animals, intriguing landscapes and non-newsworthy stories you can’t help but read. 



Katie Snetsinger, Account Manager – ICQ

ICQ made me the woman I am today.  Original “Uh-oh”



Heather Sundell, Marketing Manager – Dog Pile

I remember using Dog Pile as my search engine back in middle school, as a companion engine to dial-up AOL obvi. I think it needs to be resurrected as a social platform where people can express admiration for their dogs by creating doggie profiles…so that I don’t need to see them on Facebook. I don’t need to be friends with your dog!



Jessica Lee, SEO Specialist – Geocites

I miss Geocities.  I made my first website in 1997 with Geocities and I miss the dancing palm trees and flashing bars.  Today’s websites are too sterile in my opinion! 

If you’re feeling nostalgic, check out the Geocitiesizer tool at http://wonder-tonic.com/geocitiesizer/ [7].



What are your favorite old search engines, sites, and social platforms??? If you could do CPR on them, what would they look like today?

About Heather Sundell

Heather has five years of experience in online and offline marketing. She graduated from The University of Southern California with a Bachelor’s degree in Creative Writing and absolutely no idea how USC football works. An aspiring cyclist, blogger, and cheese enthusiast, she is currently honing her Gen Y skills by doing all three at once.