Do you remember the iWon.com website? It was a web portal that included a search engine, but you could “win” rewards and prizes for using their site, up to a certain number of times per day. The more you used the site the more you could win entries into the money that they were giving away each, and every day.
I never really spent a whole lot of time on their site, but I remember having an iwon free account and at least entering something every so often. But I never really did win anything. Or maybe I did? I honestly don’t remember. As I recall, the IAC search (IAC owns iWon.com) was pretty much using another search engine’s results (I believe it’s was Google’s search results).
On January 6, 2016, at the end of the day, they will be finally shutting down the iWon.com website, and you will no longer have access to your account there.
After many years, we have decided to shut down the IWON website. The site will be available until the end of day, January 6th, 2016. Please visit www.gamingwonderland.com for the latest in online games.
If you’re an iWon email accountholder, will still be able to access your email by logging in through the following URL: http://cc.iwon.com/btlogin/login2.html. Please update your bookmarks accordingly.
Thank you for your years of loyalty using the IWON website!”
Back in 2012, iWon.com posted that they weren’t shutting down, which is odd because the blog theme that they use on there is a default WordPress theme. Perhaps it was just their way of trying to keep users around and get them to keep playing on the site.
Looking back at the archive.org site and Google’s search results, it looks like the old version of the site was changed around May 10, 2015, as they said that that was the time they were closing it down: “After many years, we have decided to shut down the iWon search portal website. The site will be available until end of day, May 10th, 2015.”