84 thoughts on “Long-time internet-users, what online community from 10+ years ago do you miss the most?

  1. redmambo_no6 February 12, 2018 / 10:53 pm

    MySpace before it kicked out all of its users and sold itself to musicians.

  2. KatyLiedTheBitch February 12, 2018 / 10:53 pm

    Way back when, virtually all of the post-production staff that worked on *The X-Files* camped out in the AOL chat room.

    Mark Snow, the composer, is one of the coolest people on the planet.

  3. pbntm February 12, 2018 / 10:53 pm

    IMDB boards. I know they have a bad reputation, but I was on one that was really nice.

  4. w0nd3rk February 12, 2018 / 10:53 pm

    I really enjoyed my time on gaiaonline before the gold market crashed 🙁

  5. Wuzzy_Gee February 12, 2018 / 10:53 pm

    World of Warcraft, 2004-2010. Oh, the days…

  6. poorbred February 12, 2018 / 10:53 pm

    MUDs, I know there’s some still around, but they’re not what they used to be. I’d spend hours just sitting in one spot chatting away with my guild.

  7. Coolica1 February 12, 2018 / 10:53 pm

    Just googled it and Habbo Hotel is still around apparently. I miss playing that with falling furniture, pod racing and all of those games plus completely taking over a continue the story thread on the forums. Good times, doubt it would be the same if I picked it up again.

  8. throughdoors February 12, 2018 / 10:53 pm

    LiveJournal. Sigh. Yes, it’s still there technically. Back in the early 2000s, before it was a huge fandom haven and something worth buying, it was a bunch of other weird longwinded people becoming writers, sharing our diaries. So good.

  9. diegojones4 February 12, 2018 / 10:53 pm

    Snopes used to be a lot of fun. There were only about 200 of us. I’m still friends with some of them.

    Loved IRC too.

  10. Hell0Friends February 12, 2018 / 10:53 pm

    Something Awful forums when it was just filled with interesting stories and you could have interesting conversations with people. Really sparked my interest in writing.

  11. loganker February 12, 2018 / 10:53 pm

    The cartoon network site back as a kid with all the profiles and games and stuff, good times

  12. polak187 February 12, 2018 / 10:53 pm

    There used to be this site called nerve.com that was full of weird stories, peoples fantasies, places reviews, parties, concerts and dating profiles. It was free and local and pretty much great for hooking up, reading about people lives, etc etc… Had some great times with some great people… It was no strings attached, anonymous as you wanted to be and filled with people fulfilling their desires either by writing about them or acting them out. As everything that is good and free it progressed into a paid thing and became a dating site. Its hard to explain you got to read about things and it wasn’t always success stories but honest responses. Kind of miss that uncensored and unsupervised writings and behavior.

  13. gil_beard February 12, 2018 / 10:53 pm

    Just all the AOL chat rooms. Chatting it up with lesbian moms from Oregon was da bomb.

  14. thoughts_and_prayers February 12, 2018 / 10:53 pm

    Google Reader – used to love sharing stories on my RSS feed and starting discussions about them with my friends

  15. Saltwaterblood February 12, 2018 / 10:53 pm

    Oh man.

    Myspace. Original Myspace was amazing- meet random people, get featured on the front page and meet more people- had a terrific school social network so you could see who was in your class. I was active on my uni’s forum and one summer we had a giant meet and greet IRL with a pizza party on campus. I’m still good friends today with people I met off Myspace 2004-2010.

    Prior to that, Student Center Network. I moved more towards Myspace around 2006, but I lived in the SCN forums for a few years prior to that. Great community, good moderation, nice platform. Again, still friends with people I met while on there.

  16. tbone912 February 12, 2018 / 10:53 pm

    Napster chatrooms and TOTSE (specifically ka-fucking-boom!)

  17. Killergwhale February 12, 2018 / 10:53 pm


    The precursor to TPB.

    Loved the forum, and most of the files were actually what they were called!

  18. cesgjo February 12, 2018 / 10:53 pm

    I miss the Runescape community from around 2007-2010

  19. meggansky February 12, 2018 / 10:53 pm

    Television without pity. Loved reading the snarky recaps of shows and then taking to the message board to discuss what was happening maybe find some spoilers. I spoiled so many upcoming plot points about Lost.

  20. Doctor0000 February 12, 2018 / 10:53 pm

    The Geo Storm Owners Club.

    It was a forum for people who owned an economy Chevy with an Isuzu engine and a lotus suspension.

  21. mh05 February 12, 2018 / 10:53 pm

    Not exactly the type of internet community you’re referring to but Halo 2. I think halo 3 was the pinnacle of the series in terms of multiplayer popularity and it had the power of the 360, but the halo 2 multiplayer had something magical about it. You knew it was something special while you were playing it.

    Hours and hours spent bullshitting around with internet strangers figuring out all the super jumps. Dragging my Xbox across town in a backpack on my bike and then biking back home after I forgot a controller. LAN parties at friends houses and endless tournaments. Beating the game on legendary for the first time. Your halo rank was important, it wasn’t indicative of simply time played, but of skill, and it could go down after a few bad games!

    Swords games. Infection. Cops and robbers. Team Slayer. Coagulation. Red VS Blue. Blood glutch.

    Miss those times and all my friends from those days.

  22. jimbob6886 February 12, 2018 / 10:53 pm


    Also, on addictinggames, there was a game called “isketch” I think. The idea was to draw pictures and have people guess what you were drawing. But they had text-only chat rooms which were a lot more popular, and I spent all of my time there talking to random internet folk when I was like 10.

  23. coolerheads February 12, 2018 / 10:53 pm

    I miss the games Acrophobia and You Don’t Know Jack. It was just so cool to be interacting with so many people from all over the place.

  24. 815493001932 February 12, 2018 / 10:53 pm

    MSN was my life 13 years ago. And sending smilies to eachother to collect them was fun.

  25. norgan February 12, 2018 / 10:53 pm

    Before the internet we had BBS. We used to have to pre organise with school friends which to all dial into so we could meet in there.
    I really enjoyed playing LORD, Legend of the Red Dragon.
    I miss those days, it was more intimate and it felt like we were in a kind of exclusive club.

  26. tassigabriel February 12, 2018 / 10:53 pm

    I miss old school YouTube, without all the drama and monetization bullshit.

    I know the quality of the videos today can be much better, but it reminds of simpler times.

    It can even be rose tinted glasses view, but I miss that.

    I remember the “fake and gay” comments on those pic montages

  27. ShinjukuAce February 12, 2018 / 10:53 pm

    Usenet had some good communities back in the late 1990’s-early 2000’s. It was like reddit but with a lot of the same regulars on a forum again and again, so you got to know people well. Almost all of it died out after that though.

  28. northernjamie February 12, 2018 / 10:53 pm

    Used to really like being part of the Straight Dope message boards. Don’t know how I ever found it. Or even if it’s still there…

  29. hufflecat February 12, 2018 / 10:53 pm

    Mighty Big TV was a fun community. It started to go downhill after it rebranded itself as Television Without Pity. The mods would delete posts and ban users over really stupid things.

  30. wild_quinine February 12, 2018 / 10:53 pm


    was awkward teenager in the 90s listening to awkward teenager music with likeminded awkward teenage folk

    had some great times, listened to some great music.

  31. Raijuri February 12, 2018 / 10:53 pm

    Probably Runescape. There was such a charm to it back then. All the terms and abbreviations that I still sometimes use for other games nowadays. That, and maybe GaiaOnline. Lotta memories there, mostly cringy ones.

  32. screenwriterjohn February 12, 2018 / 10:53 pm

    Imdb.com. best place to discuss movies and TV ever.

  33. MelsWhitePubes February 12, 2018 / 10:53 pm

    I used to post a lot on the Mr. Cranky forums in the late 90s. I met my first girlfriend there. I’ve had people online message me 15 years later that they recognized me from a post I made somewhere else.

    It was just a magic time to be on the internet. I posted a response to a review of Event Horizon, got engaged in conversation, next thing I know I’m part of a community. I was a huge troll back then, too. For a long while there were no passwords, you could post as anyone just by entering their handle, I was great at imitating other posters’ style. My imposture of one particular neurotic NYLS professor of law and pretending to be an obsessed female stalker got him to give up the internet.

    I better stop before I dox myself… This was back when we felt safely anonymous and I posted so much stuff I’d never share online today.

  34. Aliktren February 12, 2018 / 10:53 pm

    Original Bioware neverwinter nights and the dm community page the name of which i have now forgotten :s

  35. 7ootles February 12, 2018 / 10:53 pm

    Teen Programmers Unite – a forum operated by and for teenage hobbyist computer programmers.

    I joined at 13, about 15 years ago. About three years later, the silly poof who was running the place decided to shitcan the forum and replace it with a mailing list… without consulting the members, without backing up the forum posts so we could continue referring back to them, and without preserving user accounts.

    Everyone lost interest. Of the 300+ members, only about 15 signed up for the mailing list.

    This was about 12 or 13 years ago. I’m only a stone’s throw from 30, and thinking back on this still pisses me off bigtime.

  36. TecN9ne February 12, 2018 / 10:53 pm

    ICQ chat.

    D2JSP forums.

  37. planetaqua February 12, 2018 / 10:53 pm

    When LiveJournal was actually active!

  38. SonicUndergroun February 12, 2018 / 10:53 pm


    Neopets just wasn’t cutting it anymore. Needed more. I did it all, Marapets, this weird caveman thing, all the dragon egg hatchers you could name. But then there was Polairia.

    It was unfinished, but it had some polish too it. Cute pets, but I don’t even remember what they were to be honest. But for most of the time, especially in the second half of its life, it wasn’t about the pets it was about the community.

    I didn’t really use a lot of personal communication methods at the time, I connected with my internet friends on polairia. God for teenage me it was the whole world. So many friends, we talked about everything. The site was undergoing a major rehaul, so we migrated to a forum someone had set up just for us. It never continued after that, really, but we kept it up a little longer.

    I can remember meeting a girl on the site, and running up a 600+$ phone bill one summer texting her (my parents grounded me from the phone for a month and then got me on an unlimited plan after that). I remember all the drama that would happen on the site. I remember collecting hats (never got the birthday hat).

    I still remember a few of the users by their usernames. I’d kill for their emails, but we always thought we could use polairia.

    Lollyluver (or lollylover?) from New Zealand
    And many more.

    If anyone remembers SonicUndergroun (its where I first used this name) from a little tiny pet site, it’s me.

    I don’t even know why I miss them so much, lmao.

  39. tspielman February 12, 2018 / 10:53 pm

    Message boards on Decipher.com, the company that was responsible for the Star Wars: Customizable Card Game (1995-2001). I made a lot of friends there and still keep in touch with one of them to this day.

  40. wcprice2 February 12, 2018 / 10:53 pm

    My linksphere in Final Fantasty XI. MMOs were a different kind of community back then.

  41. Stuckonpie February 12, 2018 / 10:53 pm

    Not exactly 10+ years ago that it died.

    But puzzle pirates before it went to shit.

    Huge groups of people playing poker and sailing ships with tetris style sword fighting.

    From a gameplay perspective. Best MMO EVER. from perspective of everything that wasnt doing puzzles horrible.

    Community though 10/10

  42. n19526t February 12, 2018 / 10:53 pm

    Livejournal, MySpace, AIM, and all chat rooms. 1999 through 2005.

  43. cryptoengineer February 12, 2018 / 10:53 pm

    Usenet. The first large scale social medium, it predates the Web.

    It’s still in existence (it would be very difficult to kill), but is now 99.9% porn, piracy, and spam. A few newsgroups hang on, with a greatly reduced number of regulars.

  44. KecemotRybecx February 12, 2018 / 10:53 pm

    Old YouTube. Before it was so mainstream. The original Vloggers that made it a thing.

  45. ichabane February 12, 2018 / 10:53 pm

    Not sure if this counts, but I miss my old Xbox 360 friends I used play Halo 3 custom games all the time. All of them are offline now. Don’t even know where they went.

  46. miegg February 12, 2018 / 10:53 pm

    Yahoo RP chats that existed in the custom rooms section in Games. Entertainment and Arts had the more serious RPers that did paragraph RP, but us in Games were a free for all. Bonus points if you ran cheetahchat with an avatar (unheard of back then), and had auto intros with custom text colors enabled.

    I still RP to this day, and married my high school RP partner. We met on the internet, moved in together irl, and will be celebrating our 11 year this year.:)

  47. culberson February 12, 2018 / 10:53 pm


    Lovely bunch of weirdos and meme makers in the forums there.

  48. JonWood007 February 12, 2018 / 10:53 pm

    Probably the people I hung out with on pogo back around 2004ish.

  49. mopsarethebomb February 12, 2018 / 10:53 pm

    The nine inch nails aol chatroom, I talked to some really cool people in there, and it was always chill and pretty funny.

  50. ThePunkHippie February 12, 2018 / 10:53 pm

    Yahoo community

    They merged with groups, which was so terrible in comparison

  51. Axle13 February 12, 2018 / 10:53 pm

    newsgroups. Back when your only other “social media” was a bbs’.

  52. deadcruiser27 February 12, 2018 / 10:53 pm

    OffTopic; I’m sure the site still exists, and honestly I can’t remember half of the best stuff on it, but I used to read it back when I was ~15 or 16; once the paywall went up and I didn’t feel like paying for a subscription for something on the internet (obviously something only suckers do!) I kind of left it alone, but I do recall reading some insane threads there.

  53. Who_needs_an_alt February 12, 2018 / 10:53 pm

    Sydlexia, a humorous website dedicated to 80’s and 90’s pop culture. Although it is still online, the forums are virtually stagnant and its a shame.

  54. Jay985 February 12, 2018 / 10:53 pm

    I was a pretty prominent member of the Ebaumsworld forums in the earlier to mid 2000s. Met some of my best friends through it. Still in touch with one of them.

  55. jexmex February 12, 2018 / 10:53 pm

    I think it was called the TalkCity chatrooms, met a girl on there and exchanged pictures (by mail), we were supposed to be bf and gf, but she lived in Alaska, so nothing ever came of it.

  56. virus200 February 12, 2018 / 10:53 pm

    OG world of warcraft

  57. smakka February 12, 2018 / 10:53 pm

    ICQ and its chatrooms

  58. Flynn_lives February 12, 2018 / 10:53 pm

    the original ebaumsworld forums

  59. Jazzy_Bee February 12, 2018 / 10:53 pm

    Yahoo games. Particularly cribbage.

  60. medic8388 February 12, 2018 / 10:53 pm

    I really miss usenet boards. Those were the days.

  61. Dragonworld20456 February 12, 2018 / 10:53 pm

    The lack of all the ads. I remember when you could have a page load and not be bombarded by all these ads and pop ups

  62. BettyFrancisMD February 12, 2018 / 10:53 pm

    There used to be this site called Laundromatic.net that was a forum where mostly young women bought and sold clothes, makeup, etc. It also had topics about just about anything, almost like Reddit but mostly people in the same demographic. It was a really awesome thing to have as a teenage girl. I don’t know what happened, it just disappeared one day in 2007ish after I had been active for 5 or so years.

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