Today is Thursday July 3, 2014, and that means that it’s Throwback Thursday. Each Thursday I’m starting a new tradition here on my blog: to feature an old search engine. There were quite a few, so I think I’ll be able to keep the tradition going for quite some time.
Today’s Throwback Thursday search engine is iWon.com, circa 2001.
Back in 2001, did you make iWon.com your default home page in your web browser? Did you log in every day to get your daily entries in the $10,000 contest? They gave away $10,000 each day, 30 weekly $1,000 prizes, a $1 million dollar prize each month, and $10 million dollars on tax day.
Here’s their “sales pitch” to get you to sign up:
How does iWon work?
Backed by CBS, iWon is the only site on the Internet that provides you with the best search on the Web, up-to-the-minute news and information, and a wide variety of interesting and fresh daily content…plus chances to win GUARANTEED cash prizes.
What can you win as a registered iWon member?
$10,000 every day
30 prizes of $1,000 every week
$1 Million every month
$10 Million on Tax Day
Plus, over 100,000 other cash and merchandise prizes!
Best of all, iWon is incredibly easy to use! How easy? Easy as 1-2-3!
1) Register now to start collecting entries towards all of our guaranteed cash prizes. (And to be eligible to earn chances to win over 100,000 other guaranteed prizes.) You never need to register again!
2) Collect up to 100 entries every day, simply for doing what you’re already doing online – checking your email, reading the news, searching the Web, etc.
3) That’s it – there is no number 3!
So what are you waiting for? Register now and begin to enjoy all that iWon has to offer. It’s FREE!
You could do different things, like check email, search, and reading news articles on the site to get up to 100 entries. Well, that business plan didn’t last long, iWon is not a search engine or “start page” anymore.