Whether you’re a web developer or a regular internet use the Wayback Machine is a fun way to check out what websites looked like in the past.
Lost a logo file, or did you get hacked and need to capture some content or an entire website? Do not fear – the Wayback Machine can get that for you that.
Just for fun, let’s take a look at some of today’s and yesterday’s big brands and see how they evolved.
- AMAZON.COM ( FEB 2004 ) [ View on Archive.org ]
Check out Amazon.com back in Feb of 2004. Back then, one of their featured products was the once popular first generation Apple 4 GB iPod Mini Silver M9160LL/A as well as the popular Kyocera Slider V5 cell phone where you could get a whopping $20 off! Back in 2004 Amazon.com even offered free shipping on all orders over $25. Top sellers in the music category for Amazon at that time included ‘Fallen’ by Evanescence and ‘Come Away With Me’ by Norah Jones.
- Facebook.com ( OCT 2000 ) [ View on Archive.org ]
Back in October of 2000, Facebook wasn’t even Facebook. At that time Facebook.com was Atlantic Media’s AboutFace.”Are your colleagues a blur to you? Our aboutface® software is the easiest way to add an employee phone book, facebook, and skills directory to your intranet. Click the picture to try a demonstration, or read on.”It wasn’t until about 2006 until Facebook started to look like Facebook.
- Prodigy Internet ( APR 1997 ) [ View on Archive.org ]
Back in the late 90’s, Prodigy Internet was just introducing the all-new web-based service Prodigy Internet. Their pitch at that time included creating your own webpage with links to your favorite websites, point-and-click access to chat, newsgroups, communities, email, search, content as well as affordable access. Rumors hit that Prodigy was reading members emails. Then a much bigger rumor hit that Prodigy was attacking users’ computers. Like AOL at the time, part of Prodigy’s content was temporarily stored on members’ computers.
The bottom line is this – you can have a lot of fun, and spend many hours browsing the internet archives on the Wayback Machine. It’s a fun place to remember the past or a great tool to retrieve the information you thought was once gone.
What’s your favorite thing to use the Wayback Machine for? Post your thoughts in the comments below.