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Dot-com tombstones

Webloggers Stan and Cathy have collected together a lovely bit of web history — screenshots of the pages that various dot-coms put up saying “goodbye” when they shut down. There are dozens of them, and it’s such a trip looking at how, precisely, the PR weasels at each firm decided to explain what had happened.

There’s a lovely shot of Inside.com reporting on its own demise, and TheGlobe.com boasting about how it “confirmed the Internet’s power to connect people worlds apart” (and produce a company with a stock valuation of 12 cents). There’s the lovely irony of a company called Jobs.com going under. And then there’s a really weird one for me, considering that my girlfriend’s name is Emily: A “health and wellness” site that shut down, called iEmily.com.

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I'm Clive Thompson, the author of Smarter Than You Think: How Technology is Changing Our Minds for the Better (Penguin Press). You can order the book now at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Powells, Indiebound, or through your local bookstore! I'm also a contributing writer for the New York Times Magazine and a columnist for Wired magazine. Email is here or ping me via the antiquated form of AOL IM (pomeranian99).

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