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Memepool was a multiple-author weblog, active from 1998, that listed links to interesting, obscure, weird, or funny items on the web along with a bit of commentary. Items often included multiple links with contents that conflict or comment on each other, similar to the sarcastic stylings of

Memepool was founded in 1998 by Joshua Schachter and a number of the early contributors, making it one of the earliest weblogs.[1] It was also one of the most popular early weblogs,[2] with a reputation for strange and surprising links.[3][4] It was maintained by Schachter and Jeff Smith. Schachter's links collected for Memepool were the predecessor of a project that later became[5]

Unlike many weblogs, Memepool had no significant element of self-revelation by its authors.[6] Memepool did not have a commenting system, but many of its links came from emailed submissions from readers.[7]

On March 26, 2012, Memepool had its first posting since April 21, 2008, marking the longest hiatus in the blog's history. The site has been unavailable since at least December 14, 2013.[8]


  1. ^ O'Connor, Brett (6 January 2007). Mashups. John Wiley & Sons. ISBN 9780470147771. Retrieved 18 August 2014.
  2. ^ Janet Kornblum (3 May 2000). "Everybody into the memepool for links to some very odd sites". USA Today. Retrieved 16 July 2010.
  3. ^ Joel Brown (17 June 2001). "Site a flashback to cool, weird days of Internet". Boston Herald. Retrieved 16 July 2010.
  4. ^ "One Super Site". Newsweek. 15 May 2000. Retrieved 16 July 2010.
  5. ^ Smith, Gene (2008). Tagging: people-powered metadata for the social web. New Riders. p. 162. ISBN 978-0-321-52917-6. Retrieved 16 July 2010. memepool.
  6. ^ Glenn Gaslin (10 August 2001). "Bloggin' In". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 16 July 2010.
  7. ^ John B. Killoran (2004). Hauser, Gerard A. (ed.). Rhetorical democracy: discursive practices of civic engagement. Routledge. p. 215. ISBN 0-8058-4264-0. Retrieved 16 July 2010.
  8. ^ @ptocheia (13 December 2013). "Untitled Tweet". Retrieved 5 February 2014.

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