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MORE DOT COM WOES

Mar 27, 2002, 9:05pm

Sigh. they just keep coming.

ChickClick, long a staple online (I remember this site back in 1996 or thereabouts, when I was buddies with a few of the writers) is gone.

800.com is gone, redirecting to Circuit City.

And many more. I used to get a perverse pleasure out of reading www.fuckedcompany.com but now it just depresses me. Lots of companies going from 200 to 100 to 20 to 5 employees. Lots of websites I used to visit (many of them information sites) just going down. Remember when word.com was a cool site? I do. Remember when zdnet actually archived everything? I do.

A lot of this is gone. With regards to the commerce sites that rolled up or completely changed focus (two I used to buy from all the time - villa.ca and onvia.ca), it does make me sad that they couldn't make a go of things.

With regards to the content sites, I only wish they had moved to a subscribe optional role earlier, and that more people would have ponied up for the good content.

I pay for several content websites. I have a yearly sub at www.salon.com and www.nerve.com to name two. I also regularly donate dough to the community sites I like - www.coolhomepages.com, www.pocketpcthoughts.com are just two of many. I believe in supporting these sites. I usually dole out $30 or $40 per site per year, and it's my thought that if even half those sites' readership donated even $5 a year, these guys would have a good foundation to continue.

Sigh. the situation for the last 18 months or so really sucks.

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