The Useless Pages

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The Useless Web was an example of early web humor.


It was a list of links to web pages the writers deemed egregiously useless, with humorous descriptions.[1] In time it grew to a directory with links archived by category. It helped disseminate many early minor internet memes and phenomenon. There were many imitators, and it spawned its own Yahoo category. Marc Andreessen once called it "One of the best sites on the Web".[2]


The site was founded by Paul Phillips in 1994.[3] Steve Berlin took over in 1995 and started to update more regularly. In 1999 John Gephart IV took over and continued to update the site until early 2001.


The Useless Web received media coverage in The New York Times[4] and Wired magazine.

Similar websites[edit]

A similar website, The Useless Web, was launched in 2012.[5][6]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Read the reasons why you should check these useless websites for entertainment". StarsGeek.
  2. ^ "Valentine's aftermath". News 24. 22 February 2001. Archived from the original on February 22, 2001. Retrieved July 30, 2017.
  3. ^ "A Brief History of Uselessness on the Web". Archived from the original on August 16, 2000.
  4. ^ Rothstein, Edward (1996-03-04). "Can Twinkies think, and other ruminations on the Web as garbage depository". The New York Times. Retrieved 2009-12-23.
  5. ^ Souppouris, Aaron (17 November 2012). "The Useless Web: a collection of the world's most pointless websites". The Verge. Vox Media. Retrieved 14 September 2020.
  6. ^ "The Sites of the Useless Web".

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