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Museum of Websites

Curated gallery of how internet companies changed over time

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Abadesi
So nostalgic - how did you collate the older versions for this? @juliaenthoven @realericlu
Eric Lu
Maker
@juliaenthoven @abadesi we used the Web Archive to get the earlier screenshots of all the pages. In fact, each gallery page has links to the web archive, which provides an actual working version of the old page! Web archive is awesome.
Eric Lu
Maker
Hi Product Hunt! This past week, we were looking for design inspiration from old websites, to see how they have changed over time. Our research left us wanting more, so we decided to put some of the top sites together in a gallery. The result is the Museum of Websites 🏛️! One of the most interesting things we saw over time was how media, like images and video, became more and more prominent over time. You can really see this in the Yahoo gallery! My favorite one is probably Google though, because of how iconic the simple homepage has always been. Hope you enjoy the galleries and that the museum takes you on a walk down memory lane!
Asher Harris
This is great, as someone who works in a tech startup it's good to know that even the unicorns had to start somewhere. I think that the individual pages should have more detail on them, for example, interactive annotations with some text about the difference between that iteration and the current one. I will be using this as a reference point from now on. Great job !
Julia Enthoven
Maker
asher_harris hey Ashley, that’s a great idea! We thought about putting even more company information into the description (what was happening internally at that time, what major shifts were happening, etc) and will continue to flesh out the pages! Any companies you think we should add to the Museum?
Greg Rog
Cool and nostalgic idea - it's great to see how some companies evolved due to trends.
Julia Enthoven
Maker
@learnuxio Hey Greg, glad you like it! I think it’s inspiring to see the humble beginnings of today’s tech giants - everyone has to start somewhere haha! Are there any websites you think we should add?
Michal Pancak
Nice idea.. It is interesting to see how outdated some sites look just 6 years ago.
Julia Enthoven
Maker
@michal_pancak I agree! It’s weird how we subconsciously get used to changing design trends. You don’t notice it until they’re directly juxtaposed, and then it’s surprising. Which site did you think looks the most outdated?
Michal Pancak
@juliaenthoven I think that the most outdated was youtube in 2012 ..
Marina Yalanska
Guys, that's cool, real flow of websites evolution in one place. Looking forward to updates!
Julia Enthoven
Maker
@myalanska Thanks Marina! Any websites in particular you think we should add?
Steven J. Selcuk
PH is there 😃 (2014) Nice joke.
Eric Lu
Maker
@stevenjames Gotta have a shoutout to our favorite website! :)
Charles Reynolds-Talbot
I like this 👍 I would like to see how some of the companies key pages have changed over the years too in addition to homepages.
Drew Hendricks
This sounds like it will be a lot of fun.
Nash Gunjal
Kind of google/Alexa cache used to show old sites..is it similar ? Whats your strategy behind it aka monetization. Thnks
Julia Enthoven
Maker
@nashgunjal Museum of Websites is on the same domain as our video editing website, Kapwing. It's a cool tool that helps us build domain authority for our main money-making product!
Damjanski
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