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17 Popular Websites Before They Were Popular

Your favorite gossip blogs, tech news outlets, and online shopping sites haven't always been there. At one point in time, they all just belonged to crappy bands from California.

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In 1998, orbitz.com belonged to some dude who really insisted you look at his website using Netscape Navigator:

(PS - I tried to take "the worthiness test" but his site wouldn't load for me. In his defense, I wasn't using Netscape Navigator.)

In 1996, hotair.com belonged to a voice-over artist named Greg Gears:

There still seems to be quite a bit of confusion online about Greg's involvement in hotair.com. Some sites still list it as his personal site.

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