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Submission + - The Curious Histories of Generic Domain Names (

cheezitmike writes: uses the Wayback Machine to document the histories of five generic domain names:,,,, and "In this brave new Web 2.0 world, it's almost a badge of honor to have a Web site name that only hints at what the user will find there (see Flickr) or is so opaque as to offer no clue at all as to what the Web site is about (see It's easy to forget the first Internet gold rush of the mid-to-late '90s, when dot-com domain names based on ordinary (and, investors hoped, marketable) nouns and verbs were snapped up by hopeful companies from the humble geeks who had purchased them (often ironically) in the early '90s."
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The Curious Histories of Generic Domain Names

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Let's organize this thing and take all the fun out of it.