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Before the GameStop Short, I Had the Neopets Stock Exchange

What a virtual pet site taught me about the power of investing communities

An image of a Neopets shoyru holding up a generic market chart with the text “The market could crash at any moment.”
Image: Neopets

When I was about eight years old, I asked my mom to make me an email address so I could sign up for Neopets, an online site launched in 1999 where users own virtual pets they can dress up, feed, and customize. The world of Neopets is…

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Izzie Ramirez

Izzie Ramirez

Writing about climate, culture & comida wherever I go. Work in: GEN, Bitch Media, VICE, Jezebel, and then some. Medium’s resident Gen Z kid.