- The World Wide Web recently turned 30, so we took a look back at what some of the world’s most popular websites looked like in their early days.
- The early versions of sites like Facebook, Google, and BuzzFeed are almost recognisable compared to what they look like now.
- Here’s what 25 popular websites looked like back in the day.
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The World Wide Web has come a long way since its early days.
Invented by Tim Berners-Lee 30 years ago in March, the web began as a way for scientists to more easily share information about their experiments. Things have changed quite a bit since then.
In honour of the web’s birthday, we found the earliest versions of some of the most visited websites today, like Facebook, Google, and BuzzFeed. While we didn’t quite go all the way back to 1989, even websites from the late 90s look shockingly dated in 2019.
Here’s what the sites looked like then, and what they look like now. Web design has come a long way – oh, and the ads have gotten a lot more in-your-face.
Alyson Shontell contributed to an earlier version of this post.
Wikipedia: Then (2001)
Weather.com: Then (1996)
Reddit: Then (2005)
Pinterest: Then (2010)
Buzzfeed: Then (2006)
Google: Then (1998)
Tumblr: Then (2007):
AOL: Then (version 2.0 in 1994 and 1.0 disk)
Whitehouse.gov: Then (1996)
eBay: Then (1995)
Yelp: Then (2004)
Foursquare: Then (2009)
LinkedIn: Then (2003)
The Huffington Post: Then (on the day of its launch, May 2005)
Huffington Post: Now
MySpace: Then (2003)
YouTube: Then (2005)
Twitter: Then (2006)
Yahoo: Then (1994)
The New York Times: Then (1996, note the funny text at the bottom)
The New York Times: Now
Flickr: Then (2004)
Facebook: Then (2004)
Silicon Alley Insider (pre-Business Insider): Then (2008)
Business Insider: Now
Amazon: Then (1995)
Uber: Then (2010)
Instagram: Then (2011)
(Jillian D’Onfro and Caroline Cakebread contributed to an earlier version of this post.)
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