If you still have a Hotmail account . . . you won't for much longer. Microsoft has decided to dump the Hotmail.com emails and switch to Outlook.com by this summer.
--Apparently it's because people don't find Hotmail "cool" anymore, and Outlook.com's email service has picked up 60 million users in just six months.
--And NO . . . this DOESN'T mean you'll lose your old Hotmail account OR your address. You'll still be able to use the exact same address if you want to.
--It just means that when you go to Hotmail.com, you'll automatically be rerouted to Outlook.com. And it's probably safe to assume that they'll stop giving out NEW Hotmail addresses soon.
--So, say goodbye to Hotmail. But to cheer you up, here are five OTHER ancient websites that you CAN still use.
#1.) The Search Engines "Altavista" and "Excite". Sadly, Jeeves from AskJeeves.com was killed off back in 2005 when the site shortened its name to Ask.com.
#2.) The Official Website for the Movie "Space Jam". Which came out in 1996. And also the official website for "You've Got Mail", which hit theaters in 1998.
#3.) The Website for the "Heaven's Gate" Cult. They committed mass suicide in 1997 . . . to catch a ride with an alien spaceship they claimed was hiding behind the Hale-Bopp comet. It's been 16 years, and their website is STILL up.
#4.) The Free Web Hosting Sites "Angelfire" and "Tripod". But GeoCities went offline in 2009. Today, most people just either use Facebook, or sites that have do-it-yourself guides, like GoDaddy or WordPress.
#5.) Friendster. It used to compete with MySpace and Facebook, but it's turned into a social gaming site. Actually, now if you go to it, they ask you to register by USING your Facebook account.