Yes, this webmaze can be confusing! With so many websites out there, how do we tell which ones are real, and which ones are made up by folks like you and me, not meant to be something creatively linked to the people who produce LOST?
There are tons of sites out there, some are official sites (not that many), some are fan sites that clearly state it, and some are intentionally put up to mislead other fans (it’s sort of the same joy people get out of hacking, that they are able to fool people). These sites are of various degrees of sophistication of design. After all, anyone with $5 (fee for domain registration) and some very basic knowledge of HTML can make a nice-looking website to draw people in, and possibly give them misinformation to lead them away from the real trail.
Generally, in-game sites will be linked from another source which is already known to be “in-game”, or seen on national/international media like a major newspaper or broadcast ABC ad. NEVER pay for entry/membership into a website claiming to be part of TLE, as these are likely scams.
OFFICIAL SITES THAT ARE A PART OF THE LOST EXPERIENCE
(Characters from ROT site on AIM – DSLerator, iobiSeeingYou, BroadBandBeatnik are also confirmed in game)
(also included here are official sponsor sites, such as http://www.jeep.com and http://www.richerdeeperbroader.com)
OFFICIAL “PUPPET” BLOGS THAT ARE SPONSORED BY ABC FOR THE LOST EXPERIENCE
FRAUD and/or FAN SITES THAT ARE NOT A PART OF THE LOST EXPERIENCE
Special thanks to Truffula, Kathaclysm & other members of http://www.losttv-forum.com/forum/ (Webmaze forums) and David from http://thelostexperienceclues.blogspot.com for helping to compile this list, through months of diligent monitoring and background research of individual sites.