Ghost Sites of the Web

Web 1.0 history, forgotten web celebrities, old web sites, commentary, and news by Steve Baldwin. Published erratically since 1996.

January 03, 2008

You Can Own a Genuine Piece of Web 1.0 History

A screenshot from's distressed auction sale, January 2008
If you're in Chicago next week, you're well-positioned to own a genuine piece of Web 1.0 history, because the assets of, a Web 1.0-based, teen-oriented social networking site will be sold at auction.

Like latter-day social networks such as and, Bolt moved quickly from its user-generated grass roots to a commercial site with major brand sponsors eager to relentlessly target Bolt's young, male audience. Because a sizeable percentage of this demographic think nothing of stealing copyrighted material, in 2006 the site was targeted for massive copyright violations by Universal Music and folded in August of 2007.

The lesson from Bolt's demise is clear: those who live by the teen may well die by the teen. In fact, I'd say that there's at least a 50-50 chance that we'll be poring over the auction by 2011 (after all, about half of the images on are stolen; all that's needed is a few strategic lawsuits). In the meantime, enjoy the pickings at the auction.

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