Have you ever wanted to see how the Internet looked back in 1996 or remember how it was and fancy a gander down memory lane.

Wayback machine makes it possible to do that all you have to do is enter one of your favourite urls in the magical search bar and see how that Internet site first looked.

I could truely spend hours just looking through old Internet sites and the sound of oh yeah, mmm refreshing my knowledge of what i remember struck me on many occasions.

There was just one dissapointment though when i clicked away on facebook.com which I’m sure 99.9% of the people do, was I discovered that in fact they are not game in terms of letting you view their old site. Hey I don’t think much of the design has changed up to now anyway.

Anyhow let’s take a look at some of the other big names in the Internet hall of fame.


The Year 1996 – MSN


MSN REALLY! Completely different to the MSN we all know and “love” today the logo the colours my! my! it’s like they had to get an interior designer to change the whole look.

You can image some guy named wok taking a look, then under his breath tutting and demanding that this will not do it will all have to go.


The Year 1996 – Yahoo


Again very basic but  back then there was a limit in what you could actually do with web design not like today of course with many types of languages and techniques at hand.

However i remember being into yahoo at the time using that as my deafult engine not really sure why maybe the blue font caught my attention and stood out like a bunch of smurfs on a skiing holiday.


 The Year 1998 – Google


The big dog of all sites very basic of course but even today they still share that same simplicity. They have however opted for a very old school shadow effect on the logo itself and put some colour on the page losing the whiteboard effect with the steady change of the green at the bottom.


The Year 2003 – Skype


I looked at a cached image from skype a few months prior to this image and it stating very boldly that the next phenomenon will be arriving soon as they boldly stated and how right they are.


The Year 2004 – Myspace


Back before facebook ever existed Myspace was the site that dominated the social media market for those who remember myspace consisted of things that were unimaginable back then I mean you could play music on your profile and change the style of your profile how cool.

you would register yourself and instantly have a friend named Tom and would usually be your only friend for a while untill someone who you don’t know accepts your friendship.


The Year 2005 – YouTube


Talk about save the best till last I was surprised when I saw this one, what was Youtube’s intentions starting out going by the ” I’m a male seeking a female” option looks like a dating portal with videos.

I would truely be intersted to know what that was about and how it worked did they have stories of people meeting for the first time on youtube. You can imagine a few testimonies “As soon as he sent me that video of him playing frisbee with his rabbit I knew he was the one for me”

Take a look yourself and have fun with some of your favourite websites Wayback Machine