The Lifespan of a Web Site

The Lifespan of a Web Site

Taryn Williford
Feb 4, 2009

Lately, like a kid who just lost a favorite pet, we've been thinking about mortality. Don't worry—we're not getting that deep. We've been thinking about the life and death of our favorite Web sites. With the news that Domino magazine is folding not just it's print version but the Web site too, we fell into a bit of a funk. Now, we've got bloggers out there questioning if Facebook, who just celebrated it's 5th birthday, will even exist in another five years...

A blogger at TechDigest thinks Facebook will see an unexpectedly early demise because of the site's lack of ability to generate good revenue, despite insane user traffic. He notes the failures of the Beacon advertising service and the $1 gift store as reasons, but the big issue is that people aren't clicking through to the advertisers. The column (here) is a good read, if you've got a second.

But what we really want to know is if there any Web sites out there that, like Domino, used to provide you with divine inspiration for your life and your home, but have now gone kaput. Are there any that you'd be devastated to see go? Let us know in the comments.

[ Image from blmurch@Flickr ]

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