This is what 9 of the world's most popular websites looked like when they launched

Web design has improved a lot since the birth of the internet.

Long gone are the pixellated and cluttered monstrosities of the HTML era.

Many of today’s most successful websites bear only a minute resemblance of how they used to look when they were first launched. Look at Facebook.

Here, New York-based designer Robert Morris of Ninja Essays put together a graphic of 9 of the most famous sites on the internet, and compared them with how they looked when they were first launched.

Apple has come a long way since it presented the Mac OS 8 in 1996.

Pierre Omidyar founded eBay in 1995 as a hobby on his spare time. It is now valued more than $40 billion.

Source: Wikipedia

The Facebook was originally open to Harvard students only. Today, almost 1.5 billion people have a Facebook profile.

Source: Guardian

Three quarters of all engine search in the US are done via Google, which has abandoned its 1996 grey background for a clean white slate.

Founded in California by people who previously worked at Paypal and Yahoo, LinkedIn now is available in 20 different languages.

Source: Wikipedia

Twitter was founded in 2006 by Jack Dorsey and three others. Dorsey is still at the company as chairman.

Yahoo was originally just a list of URLs. It used to employ Google as a search engine before developing its own technology. In 2013, it surpassed Google for the first time in US traffic. But Google eventually took the lead back.

Source: Bloomberg

YouTube was also founded by three former PayPal employees in California. It was bought by Google in 2006 for £1.07 billion.

Source: Wikipedia

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