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Here’s What Your Favorite Websites Looked Like When They Launched

Published On 09/25/2015 Published On 09/25/2015
woman on computer, old buzzfeed home page
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When you consider that we've only been using the Internet for the past 20 years or so, it's wild to see how far we've come since the Web was a wee one. Most of us can recall the sweet mellifluous sounds of dial-up, or the AOL Voice delivering the thrilling news that we did, indeed, have mail. But to help you take a visual trip down memory lane, we culled some screenshots via the Wayback Machine of today's most popular sites when they first launched. Most are unrecognizable, but others don't seem to have touched a wireframe since 2005 (here's to you, Reddit. Don't ever change).

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Google in December 1998

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Buzzfeed in December 2006

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Facebook in February 2004

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CNN in August 2000

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Yahoo in October 1996

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The Huffington Post in May 2005

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YouTube in August 2005

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Wikipedia in August 2001

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The New York Times in December 2006

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eBay in January 1999

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Myspace in June 2004

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Reddit in August 2005

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Thrillist in July 2005


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Joe McGauley is a senior editor for Thrillist Media Group who's feeling very old right now.

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