Here's what 25 popular websites used to look like back in the day

Impact WatchFacebook has changed a lot since 2004.

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)


Wikipedia: Now

Caroline Cakebread/Business Insider

Weather.com: Then (1996)


Weather.com: Now

The Weather Channel

Reddit: Then (2005)


Reddit: Now

Reddit

Pinterest: Then (2010)


Pinterest: Now

Pinterest

Buzzfeed: Then (2006)


Buzzfeed: Now

BuzzFeed

Google: Then (1998)

Google

Google: Now

Google

Tumblr: Then (2007):


Tumblr: Now

Tumblr

AOL: Then (version 2.0 in 1994 and 1.0 disk)


AOL: Now

AOL

Whitehouse.gov: Then (1996)


Whitehouse.gov: Now

The White House

eBay: Then (1995)


eBay: Now

eBay

Yelp: Then (2004)


Yelp: Now

Yelp

Foursquare: Then (2009)


Foursquare: Now

Foursquare

LinkedIn: Then (2003)


LinkedIn: Now

LinkedIn

The Huffington Post: Then (on the day of its launch, May 2005)

The Village Voice

Huffington Post: Now

Huffington Post

MySpace: Then (2003)


MySpace: Now

MySpace

YouTube: Then (2005)


YouTube: Now

YouTube

Twitter: Then (2006)


Twitter: Now

Twitter

Yahoo: Then (1994)


Yahoo: Now

Yahoo

The New York Times: Then (1996, note the funny text at the bottom)


The New York Times: Now

New York Times

Flickr: Then (2004)


Flickr: Now

Flickr

Facebook: Then (2004)


Facebook: Now

Facebook

Silicon Alley Insider (pre-Business Insider): Then (2008)

Silicon Alley Insider

Business Insider: Now

Business Insider

Amazon: Then (1995)


Amazon: Now

Amazon

Uber: Then (2010)

WayBack Machine

Uber: Now

Uber

Instagram: Then (2011)

Instagram

Instagram: Now

Instagram

(Jillian D’Onfro and Caroline Cakebread contributed to an earlier version of this post.)

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