Go Way Back with the Wayback Machine

by Amy Marcott on August 18, 2011 · 2 comments

in Campus Culture, Media, Remember When...

Remember how much you miss web design and formatting from, say, the late ’90s? No? Well if you don’t miss it, you might still enjoy taking a peek at it from your (hopefully more sturdy/less caustic) current web platform. The Internet Archive’s Wayback Machine allows visitors to browse snapshots of different sites over time, and http://web.mit.edu/ has been crawled 1,336 times—going all the way back to May 19, 1997! You need to see it to believe it.

This screenshot of an archived page puts things in perspective. Click the image to visit the page.

Let us know what you think (by curtis ). Was the web better ten years ago? Better now? With the flood of new apps for mobile devices, is the question moot? Leave a comment on our Facebook page.


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Joy Thomas August 19, 2011 at 10:43 am

That wayback machine website is really cool. Wow is there a big difference in the way things look today compared to just a few years ago.


John Barnes August 24, 2011 at 3:10 pm

I think when you look back at the old websites on Wayback Machine you have to look at them in context with the technology and speed of the web at that time. Design has improved but so has bandwidth


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