30 Websites That Made '00s Kids The Weird Adults They Are Now

    When we were kids the internet just hit different.

    Back in the aughts, the internet was a totally different landscape. Surfing the web without abandon, I often found the funniest, most addictive, and weirdest corners online. Whether they knew it or not, these sites basically shaped a generation.

    1. Kiddo Net

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    All the cool kids were on Kiddo Net. Parents approved of the educational content so it was easy to sit down and play for hours without interruption. Luckily, most parents didn't look too closely at the game center, which had dozens of non-math related games!

    2. Girl Sense

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    Before Instagram models set the trends, we flocked to Girl Sense for all things fashion and make-up! So you can blame this site for those choppy side bangs you just had to have in 7th grade...

    3. Newgrounds

    Industrial feeling homepage from the early '00s

    4. FunnyJunk

    Almost bare webpage with dozens of links to click on

    5. Homestar Runner

    A cartoon shaped like a marshmallow welcoming people to the Homestar Runner site

    6. eBaum's World

    Outdated webpage with link under the categories daily media and best of the web

    7. Rather Good

    Webpage from 2005 featuring a cat dressed as a ninja and human-crab hybrids

    8. Formspring

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    Formspring was a site where you could ask and answer questions from anonymous users. Naturally, as children, many abused the platform for purposes of cyberbullying. Be careful mentioning Formspring to your Zillennial friends because it may bring up some less than pleasant memories.

    9. Dollz Mania

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    I vividly remember dressing goth girls on Dollz Mania. Meanwhile, I was probably wearing a Limited Too graphic tee and gauchos. These pixelated dress up characters were a staple of the early web. You knew someone was a bad bitch if their AOL avatar was created here.

    10. Doll Palace

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    Doll Palace was another regularly visited dress up site. Someone put these dolls in the Smithsonian so we never forget this important piece of aughts history.

    11. Weebl's Stuff

    Website homepage listing toons like banana fingers and salad fingers

    12. GaiaOnline

    Two anime characters smile on the sites homepage

    13. Picnik

    Two brace-faced middle schoolers smiling with under the quote "we so fly we make birds jealous"

    14. FanFiction

    Website homepage with options to read stories in a multitude of fandom categories

    15. Omegle

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    Omegle is a video and messaging website that links you with other random users around the world. If you've ever been messaged, "asl?" then you probably spent hours on Omegle meeting strangers online.

    16. Making Fiends

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    This quirky flash web series dropped in 2003 and was later made into a short lived Nickelodeon series. Making Fiends followed the journey of villainous Vendetta, her army of fiends, and sweet Charlotte who just wanted to be friends. You can still find the original webisodes and the series here!

    17. Neopets

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    Back in the day you logged onto Neopets to care for your creatures, play games, and run around with faeries. The world of Neopia even had its own economy to keep you playing for points and making money. The thrill you got from spinning the Wheel of Excitement was unmatched...until Webkinz dropped their Wheel of Wow.

    18. Webkinz

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    Webkinz were stuffed animals you could buy and then register online. Your adopted virtual pets had homes you could decorate with KinzCash collected from playing games. You made sure to log on everyday so you could collect your rare gems from Arte's mine and spin the Wheel of Wow!

    19. MiniClip

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    Miniclip was an extraordinary corner of the internet. There was a flash game for everyone on this site! Bubble Trouble, Raft Wars, and Crypt Raider were responsible for many missed homework assignments.

    Screenshot of a complex maze wired with bombs and booby traps

    20. Toontown

    Login page for Toontown on an old windows computer

    21. Habbo Hotel

    A check in page for the Habbo Hotel

    22. StumbleUpon

    Sign up page where you can discover the the things you like on the web

    23. Poptropica

    Website homepage with a group of the game's quirky characters

    24. Zwinky

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    If you weren't causing trouble at the mall, you were probably roaming around on Zwinky. You got to make yourself into an avatar, play dress up, and explore different chat rooms.

    25. Akinator

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    You might not remember Akinator, but he definitely remembers you. This genie could guess literally anyone you're thinking of simply by asking you questions. We used to huddle around at sleepovers trying to stump him with obscure TV, movie, or book characters.

    26. Quizilla

    A list of quiz categories to choose from on an outdated homepage

    27. Addicting Games

    Homepage with rows and rows of icons you can click to play online games

    28. Millsberry

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    Another interesting corner of the internet were cereal gaming websites. Millsberry.com was an online extension of General Mills. The arcade made us drool for Cinnamon Toast Crunch!

    29. Postopia

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    Post Cereals also had a website for kids! Honeycomb Stunt Bike, Cocoa Pebbles Boulder Dash, Waffle Boys Mountain Adventure, and Bedrock Bobsleddin' Blowout were some of the most fun games you could find online.

    30. Club Penguin

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    Last, but not least, Club Penguin was the ultimate time sucker. You'd run off the bus yelling at your friends to meet you at the iceberg and spend the whole afternoon trying to tip it. I hope that someone out there is feeding my puffles...

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    Warning: Club Penguin does not cure nostalgia induced depression.