Here’s what 25 popular websites used to look like back in the day

Facebook has changed a lot since 2004.

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Facebook has changed a lot since 2004.
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The World Wide Web has come a long way since its early days.

Invented by Tim Berners-Lee 30 years ago in March, the web began as a way for scientists to more easily share information about their experiments. Things have changed quite a bit since then.

In honor of the web’s birthday, we found the earliest versions of some of the most visited websites today, like Facebook, Google, and BuzzFeed. While we didn’t quite go all the way back to 1989, even websites from the late 90s look shockingly dated in 2019.

Here’s what the sites looked like then, and what they look like now. Web design has come a long way – oh, and the ads have gotten a lot more in-your-face.

Alyson Shontell contributed to an earlier version of this post.


Wikipedia: Then (2001)

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The Wayback Machine

Wikipedia: Now

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Weather.com: Then (1996)

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Weather.com

Weather.com: Now

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The Weather Channel

Reddit: Then (2005)

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The Wayback Machine

Reddit: Now

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Reddit

Pinterest: Then (2010)

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The Wayback Machine

Pinterest: Now

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Pinterest

Buzzfeed: Then (2006)

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The Way Back Machine

Buzzfeed: Now

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BuzzFeed

Google: Then (1998)

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Google

Google: Now

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Google

Tumblr: Then (2007):

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Way Back Machine

Tumblr: Now

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Tumblr

AOL: Then (version 2.0 in 1994 and 1.0 disk)

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Duling

AOL: Now

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AOL

Whitehouse.gov: Then (1996)

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The Way Back Machine

Whitehouse.gov: Now

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The White House

eBay: Then (1995)

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The Wayback Machine

eBay: Now

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eBay

Yelp: Then (2004)

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The Way Back Machine

Yelp: Now

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Yelp

Foursquare: Then (2009)

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The Way Back Machine

Foursquare: Now

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Foursquare

LinkedIn: Then (2003)

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Ignite Social Media

LinkedIn: Now

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LinkedIn

The Huffington Post: Then (on the day of its launch, May 2005)

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The Village Voice

Huffington Post: Now

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Huffington Post

MySpace: Then (2003)

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Ignite Social Media

MySpace: Now

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MySpace

YouTube: Then (2005)

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The Way Back Machine

YouTube: Now

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YouTube

Twitter: Then (2006)

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Ignite Social Media

Twitter: Now

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Twitter

Yahoo: Then (1994)

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CNET

Yahoo: Now

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Yahoo

The New York Times: Then (1996, note the funny text at the bottom)

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The Way Back Machine

The New York Times: Now

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New York Times

Flickr: Then (2004)

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The Way Back Machine

Flickr: Now

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Flickr

Facebook: Then (2004)

Facebook has changed a lot since 2004.

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Impact Watch

Facebook: Now

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Facebook

Silicon Alley Insider (pre-Business Insider): Then (2008)

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Silicon Alley Insider

Business Insider: Now

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Business Insider

Amazon: Then (1995)

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The Internet Archive

Amazon: Now

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Amazon

Uber: Then (2010)

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WayBack Machine

Uber: Now

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Uber

Instagram: Then (2011)

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Instagram

Instagram: Now

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Instagram

(Jillian D’Onfro and Caroline Cakebread contributed to an earlier version of this post.)