The Hampster Dance (hampsterdance.com) Created

Canadian art student Deidre LaCarte, who was competing with her best friend and her sister to see who could generate the most traffic, designed The Hampster Dance in August 1998 as a homage to her pet hamster, named Hampton Hamster.

Using four simple animated GIFs of hamsters and other rodents, repeated dozens of times each, and a loop of background music embedded in the HTML, at the time a fairly new browser feature, she named the site Hampton's Hampster House and had Hampton declare his intent to become a "web star". Initially, the website consisted of a single page website with four hamsters and other rodents -- later redesigned and dubbed Hampton, Dixie, Hado, and Fuzzy. Over the next few years alternate versions of the Hampsterdance appeared, such as for birthdays (the hamsters are slightly modified to hold presents).