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Blogs of Our Lives.

Blogs of Our Lives. There I was, enjoying a Burger King breakfast, reading the local Gannett paper, when I turn to their Tuesday technology section and find . . .
posted by fpatrick on Apr 10, 2001 - 22 comments

Dot-Com Deaths = Black Plague?

Dot-Com Deaths = Black Plague?

Toronto Star Internet columnist K.K. Campbell takes a look at the startling simularities of the dot-com deaths and the black plague.

"The Dot-Com Death resulted primarily from a little parasite (Internet hypesters, Bombasticus bullroaricus) carried on the body of another parasite (Wall Street IPO underwriters, Securitus scammus maximus) on corporate stocks moving along business capital routes."
posted by bkdelong on Mar 30, 2001 - 4 comments

Am I fucked or not?

Am I fucked or not? In the best MeFi tradition of flogging a dead meme and reveling in schadenfreude, it's a "hot or not" for rating the viability of dot-coms.
(Link courtesy of the real /usr/bin/girl via PCJM)
posted by anildash on Feb 22, 2001 - 6 comments

Children, if you can't play nice, go to your rooms. Microsoft and Sun are now throwing rotten eggs at each other. I haven't seen the atmosphere between two large corporations get this ugly since the MCI/AT&T long distance wars. As Ars Technica puts it, "Man, their bad blood has gone from lengthy legal disputes to 'Oh Yeah? Well your mom is ugly!' type squabbling."
posted by Steven Den Beste on Feb 12, 2001 - 6 comments

Icebox doing the dot-com death dance.

Icebox doing the dot-com death dance.
posted by amanda on Feb 9, 2001 - 10 comments

51,631 dot com layoffs

51,631 dot com layoffs as of Feb. 01, 2001. Is it that the web allows us to simultaneously view the usual failure of 99% of new businesses, a sign of the coming recession, or just a result of bad business plans and get rich quick schemes? Or was it simply too good to last? Whatever the reason, it's depressing.
posted by crushed on Feb 2, 2001 - 19 comments

A short critique of "Boo 2" at Evolt.

A short critique of "Boo 2" at Evolt. With a change in business model at Boo.com comes a new problem: 'pogo purchasing,' in which each product must be ordered separately through different retailers.
posted by tranquileye on Jan 31, 2001 - 1 comment

"Accept our valuation or let Sand Hill put you into Chapter 11."

"Accept our valuation or let Sand Hill put you into Chapter 11." This article from Red Herring on bridge financing for cash-strapped dotcoms makes the dire nature of the situation pretty explicit.
posted by JParker on Jan 24, 2001 - 0 comments

Open Letters

Open Letters stopped publishing on Friday. This was mentioned quietly in a comment in an unrelated thread last week, but I didn't notice at the time. They're taking Paypal donations to be distributed among the 72 contributors. What a drag.
posted by waxpancake on Jan 9, 2001 - 14 comments

What to do after you realize your dot com is never going to make money

What to do after you realize your dot com is never going to make money Apparently once you run out of other people's money one option is to stop spending extravagant amounts of money.
posted by rdr on Jan 7, 2001 - 13 comments

Dotcom Yuppies Gone Home.

Dotcom Yuppies Gone Home. As dotcoms crash and burn, real estate prices start to drop.

Who can say that's a bad thing?
posted by Mr. skullhead on Dec 28, 2000 - 7 comments

Are the VC's to blame?

Are the VC's to blame? Or did dot coms play a part in their own demise? Every good drama has a villain (or Villain Capitalist, as the evidence suggests), and when good people are getting caught in the crossfire it's highly tempting to typecast the role.
posted by webchick on Dec 15, 2000 - 28 comments

The "original" Cool Site of the Day

The "original" Cool Site of the Day has been offering a monthly contest, with a grand prize of $10,000 worth of spam courtesy of PostmasterDirect. This goes beyond pathetic; it's just plain evil. It was bad enough when CSOTD started accepting payola for their awards after Glenn Davis left to helm Project Cool. It was even worse when they started charging a $14.95 fee to submit your site for review. But encouraging "direct marketing" is inexcusable. (While you're there, look at the nominees for this month's award. The first is Comet Cursor, the silently-tracking-your-every-move browser plugin and an active sponsor of CSOTD, as featured on their front page.)
posted by waxpancake on Dec 12, 2000 - 14 comments

Unionizing efforts stamped out at a dot.com.

Unionizing efforts stamped out at a dot.com. 13 people whom the union was planning on representing were fired in a round of layoffs. Four others invovled in the unionization attempt were fired in October. There has yet to be a succesful unionization at any dot.com.
posted by capt.crackpipe on Dec 2, 2000 - 9 comments

Reporter's Fake Job Irks Real Dot-Com

Reporter's Fake Job Irks Real Dot-Com "New York's Silicon Alley was in a tizzy last week after the New Yorker ran a hilarious piece called 'My Fake Job,' in which former Letterman writer Rodney Rothman recounted his days of masquerading as an employee at an unnamed Manhattan dot-com consultancy." This is the church, this is the steeple, open the door, meet all the people.

With dot-com layoffs abounding, and f*cked company and all, it's amazing that a guy can just walk into an office and assume a position. George Costanza, where are you?

posted by BoyCaught on Dec 2, 2000 - 6 comments

why blog the marchFIRST careers page?

why blog the marchFIRST careers page? because the third emplyee from the left doesn't even work at marchFIRST. he works with me at Leapnet. hee!
posted by patricking on Nov 18, 2000 - 6 comments

Wow! Non-election related news.

Wow! Non-election related news. Courtesy of Linux Weekly News (which came out this morning), a picture of the new ".com" version of Monopoly. Did they get the companies in the order of priority you would have expected?
posted by baylink on Nov 10, 2000 - 8 comments

Bye, bye Pets.com

Bye, bye Pets.com Personally, I won't miss that damn sock puppet dog!
posted by Sal Amander on Nov 7, 2000 - 8 comments

Sally Struthers begs you to save the dot-coms.

Sally Struthers begs you to save the dot-coms. Does she have no shame?
- By way of the webdesign-l list.
posted by Brilliantcrank on Nov 4, 2000 - 2 comments

About.com acquired by old-media concern Primedia

About.com acquired by old-media concern Primedia for $690 million in Primedia stock. One of the true original web-content concepts has found a valuation anchor.
posted by MattD on Oct 30, 2000 - 9 comments

The true culprit behind the Bush/Gore billboard has been revealed. No, it's not Nader -- it's a publicity-grubbing dot-com.
posted by jjg on Oct 24, 2000 - 7 comments

mylackey.com (an overpriced errand service) closed shop...and I'm disappointed that there's no secret message in the source code.
posted by gluechunk on Oct 24, 2000 - 7 comments


Why? Story talks about stupid dot-com ideas who are having trouble getting funding. But somehow this ugly site burns through $50,000/month. How? Why can't someone give me some of that cash?
posted by owillis on Oct 9, 2000 - 7 comments

For those who like to watch carcrashes but don't want to patronize that site with the vulgar name, The Standard maintains Dot Com Flop Tracker, Dot Com Layoff Tracker, and Dot Com Ex-Exec Tracker.
posted by Steven Den Beste on Oct 7, 2000 - 6 comments

So let me get this straight: I buy something from an online merchant, and your company tracks the shipment for me. Does the web need a service like this, or is this another candidate for fuckedcompany.com?
posted by ratbastard on Jul 24, 2000 - 0 comments

Free domains, it looks like. Register a .cc domain, and get some coupons to register some .com domains. The catch seems to be is that the .cc people are the administrative contact for the first year, which I guess means they "own" it. Should be okay though, as long as you don't do anything naughty.
posted by endquote on Jul 12, 2000 - 1 comment

Crime Does Not Pay, but Somebody Thinks Crime.Com Might

Crime Does Not Pay, but Somebody Thinks Crime.Com Might
Even though APB News is a financial flop, CourtTV and the producer of COPS are teaming up to compete with it. While it'll probably lack APB's serious investigative journalism, CrimeWeb's site does let you order a criminal background check online on anyone you want. I tried it, and now I know the real reason Neale lives in Australia. ;-}
posted by wendell on Jun 13, 2000 - 2 comments

Dot-com dead pool.

Dot-com dead pool. Clever. I wonder if you can cross-pick Priceline.com with William Shatner in a human dead pool and double your odds. (Apologies if the URL violates MF decency laws, Matt.)
posted by werty on Jun 1, 2000 - 0 comments

Deepleap.org is up.

Deepleap.org is up. No one mentioned this yet, so I figured i would. Everyone go whine about the reload button not working.
posted by alan on May 25, 2000 - 9 comments

First Boo.com goes down, now DEN. The Digital Entertainment Network is closing it's doors after running out of cash. After raising over 33 million dollars, they burned it at rate of up to $3 million per month, pulled their $75 million stock offering, and with no revenue model in place, they had to close up shop, with 150 people suddenly out of work.
posted by mathowie on May 18, 2000 - 4 comments

You, too, can be a dot-com entrepreneur.

You, too, can be a dot-com entrepreneur. All it takes is vision and guts -- and supportive parents.
posted by Steven Den Beste on Apr 27, 2000 - 5 comments

The delay in adding new top level domains drags on,

The delay in adding new top level domains drags on, and there seems to be no solution in sight. ICANN can't agree on whether or not to add new TLDs like .biz, .cars, or .corp., but they are discussing it at an upcoming meeting in March. I would hope they add enough domains to make domain squatting difficult, but I bet large corporations will just buy everything with their name it anyway, and fight over others' use of their name with a different TLD. What a mess.
posted by mathowie on Jan 28, 2000 - 0 comments

Homepage.com just received $12.2 million in financing today.

Homepage.com just received $12.2 million in financing today. I've never heard of homepage.com, but they claim to have 550,000 users and 1 million daily pageviews. I suppose it must be the draw of the lackluster former TV stars they have peddling their service. Gilligan and The Beav sure make me want to launch a new site...
posted by mathowie on Nov 3, 1999 - 0 comments


Gomez.com looks like they're doing the same thing that Bizrate is doing: rating the dotcommerce companies. It seems like a lot of companies have been copying the Amazon interface, now I see why. In the 'Ease of Use' category, Amazon is number one in books, toys, and music (they would have swept all their categories but Borders won for Video).
posted by mathowie on Oct 29, 1999 - 0 comments

Salon is running a piece on how the internet has ruined San Francisco.

Salon is running a piece on how the internet has ruined San Francisco. I have to say I agree 100%. I've lived in Southern California all my life and S.F. has historically been a much cooler, mellower place that I looked forward to visiting. But over the past couple of years, I've found myself travelling up there once every couple months, and every time I go it's busier, more crowded, and everyone is in a bigger hurry. For me, the mystique of S.F. is totally gone. The dotcom riches have ruined the place. [found at Camworld]
posted by mathowie on Oct 28, 1999 - 0 comments

Affinia seems like a cool dot-com. They're making money setting up storefronts from other people, and matching vendors with affiliate sites.
posted by tdecius on Oct 8, 1999 - 0 comments

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