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Angelfire
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URL http://www.angelfire.lycos.com/
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Angelfire is a web hosting service since 1996, containing big chunks of early WWW history (which people love to mock at).

It is not expected that the Angelfire archive can ever be truly complete, as Angelfire, like other free hosts such as Homestead, has or had a policy of deleting "inactive" accounts. As there is no known mirror of many of these former accounts and associated web pages, there may be no way to recover such deleted websites.

Angelfire underwent some changes in 2010, apparently not disruptive but requiring users to pay for some options like the old Web Shell tool; we do not know whether this caused some older websites to become unaccessible for their owners and whether that could cause inactivity and hence deletion. The Alexa rank of the property seems in constant fall, from better than 2000th position in early 2012 to worse than 3400th in early 2014.

It's not clear how bad Lycos is. A quick seach for Lycos shutdowns only points to their (independently operated) Lycos Europe liquidation, which gave less than a month for the users to save their emails before deletion. Lycos Tripod on the other hand, which was in 2003 Europe's largest homepage building community (with special Google alliance), found a last minute buyer for its European wing but then suddenly went down in July 2013 (it was around 60,000th Alexa position in 2012 and fell well below 100,000 in early 2013).

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