In Pictures: 5 boring domain names. Where are they now?

It's easy to forget the first Internet gold rush of the mid-to-late '90s, when dot-com domain names based on ordinary (and, investors hoped, marketable) nouns and verbs were snapped up by hopeful companies. Here are five of those generic domain names, and a look at their history.

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Car.com

The '90s was a time when companies were trying to figure out just what sort of strategy might work in this confusing World Wide Web. For instance, at some point before 1999, someone at Carter-Wallace, Inc., a pharmaceutical research firm, obviously thought "carterwallace.com is a pain to type out. What if we just put our Website at the much easier to remember car.com?" And there it stayed until mid-2002, baffling anyone who might be looking for a cheap deal on an automobile. By the end of that year, the domain had fallen to the classic sort of dot-com entrepreneur, who sought to connect you with the car you wanted using the power of the Internet

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