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Original TMNT Cartoon Fan
09-01-2017, 03:08 PM
During the mid and late-1990's and early-2000's, there were many TMNT fansites, most of them by young people in their mid-late teens and early-20's who had TMNT as a childhood memory.

These had fanfiction, fanart, humour and links.

Today, some of them remain (like "latest update: 27 May 2004" or something), and only a few (like Jephael) are still updated. New fans don't create many.

What happened with them? Did they die out with the private websites being replaced with blogs (later replaced with social media)?

I know there are websites for fanfiction, but you can always do a link.

Andrew NDB
09-01-2017, 04:06 PM
Many sites. The Ring of Green. It's apparently still in existence... http://hub.entertainmentrings.com/hub/tmnt#.WanLkLKGNhF

Even Mikey's TMNT is gone.

My favorite site back in the day was Under Manhattan. Does anyone remember that?

Powder
09-01-2017, 04:39 PM
I'm glad I scoured them for (official) content before they were all lost to time.

That said, I can't say I miss many of them, if any. Mikey's TMNT, maybe. It was one of the cooler sites, though I can't remember if I had an account or just lurked.

Machias Banshee
09-01-2017, 08:51 PM
When Geocities wiped out the personal sites a few years back, you lost a TON of great fansites...

TurtleWA
09-01-2017, 11:08 PM
Probably not the correct location to ask the question so I apologize in advance. But what's the story with this? Is it a section of the drome I am not aware of? Who created it? I like how they started collecting various images of the turtles and the other various characters.

http://tcplanet.thetechnodrome.com/Crew_profiles.html

DestronMirage22
09-02-2017, 01:02 AM
Interest in TMNT has probably diminished a lot in recent years. People mostly see it as more of a kids franchise.
That, along with the fact that the internet has changed quite a bit over the years (with places like Facebook and Reddit existing where you can discuss things more easily) have probably led to fansites being unnecessary/obsolete in this modern day and age.

Original TMNT Cartoon Fan
09-02-2017, 04:45 AM
I hope for Cowabunga Corner update soon.

BubblyShell22
09-02-2017, 07:16 AM
Yeah, you lost a lot of sites after Geocities wiped out. I definitely miss Mikey's, but Stealthy Stories is still going strong and is a good place for fanfiction writers and other fans to come together. That and TMNT-L are the only other fansites I go to besides this one. Other than that, I usually just go to FF.Net for my fan fiction fix when I feel like it.

And as others said, with the advent of Facebook and even Tumblr, you don't really need fansites anymore because you can just make groups on those sites. I also liked GreenWillow's site too.

Original TMNT Cartoon Fan
09-02-2017, 07:37 AM
These fansites would probably die out even without Geocities closing down.

BubblyShell22
09-03-2017, 07:50 PM
Very true, but it's still sad to think they're gone.

Original TMNT Cartoon Fan
09-04-2017, 06:33 AM
Yeah, you lost a lot of sites after Geocities wiped out. I definitely miss Mikey's, but Stealthy Stories is still going strong and is a good place for fanfiction writers and other fans to come together. That and TMNT-L are the only other fansites I go to besides this one. Other than that, I usually just go to FF.Net for my fan fiction fix when I feel like it.

And as others said, with the advent of Facebook and even Tumblr, you don't really need fansites anymore because you can just make groups on those sites. I also liked GreenWillow's site too.

Replacing fansites with social media is a joke.

At a fansite you:

*Share your fandom with other people, and let them write in the guestbook.

At social media, you start a fangroup. But after a while, as more people join, the discussion suddenly moves focus to topics like "Who knows who?".

Today, places like Deviantart may be the best things if you want to share more than just fanfiction.

BubblyShell22
09-04-2017, 07:18 AM
True, but that's the way things are now and I doubt fan sites will pop up again because of it and how there aren't very many places to host it.

I don't go to Deviantart, but I do like FF.Net and have often chatted with people from there about stories and ideas.

Vegita-San
09-04-2017, 11:41 AM
My Site, Ninja Turtles Network, had the pleasure of being one of the first turtle fansites to exist...even before the official site came about.

It had a random section, with turtle info from various media (like a Married with Children ref, to a Family Matters spotting), and was the first to seek out crew members from the various series and do text, later phone interviews with them.

Eventually, the old show ended it's run, and tmnt entered a dry spell, and there was no real reason to keep it going.

by the time 2003 came along, a dozen other sites had popped up, and where able to do a far better job at not only making the site look professional, but actually get and keep the contacts needed to do proper info updates.

My little site eventually got out dated, and ivey took over tmnt -l with the tmnt-l.com website (Remember when everyone thought I was nuts moving the mailing list to a message board of all things? ;o) ).......and now the memory of what it was is all but forgotten in tmnt lore.

But, I accomplished what I wanted to set out, so I'm happy with the result. and it's nice to know a few people still remember it.

I don't have the skills to re invent it or the patience to make it a message board like this one.

Original TMNT Cartoon Fan
09-07-2017, 01:39 PM
Fansites were among the best things for TMNT during the late-1990's and early-2000's, when everything else had ended.

ZariusTwo
09-07-2017, 01:47 PM
I ran the '87 and 23K TMNT episode guides over at TVtome and TVRage, both of which have long been deactivated.

Andrew NDB
09-07-2017, 02:07 PM
My old site still lives, in some condition:
http://www.thegreenlanterncorps.com/tmnt/

Remember we'd all have guestbooks, and we'd sign them? All of those seem to be shut down.

Original TMNT Cartoon Fan
09-07-2017, 05:03 PM
My old site still lives, in some condition:
http://www.thegreenlanterncorps.com/tmnt/.

Great to see it still exist.