Want to travel in time and see how websites looked in the past?

The internet library “Archive” lets you search how a particular website looked like.

The Internet Archive is a non-profit that was founded to build an Internet library. If you are nostalgic about how a particular website looked in the past, this time back machine takes you right there in the year you want to be and shows you how that website looked in that year.

You can go to the website https://archive.org/web/ and type in the website URL you want to search for. In the example below, I selected google.com

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After hitting the button Browse History, the website gives all the options of the years the website has been online. In the case of Google, it starts in 1998. The blue bubble over the date in a calendar is a sign that a site old mirror is archived. I selected December 2, 1998.


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The final result page shows you the exact website that year, that is how Google looked when it was launched in 1998. That is some progress!


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Amazing isn’t it?. The internet library has over 500 billion web pages stored in its archive.


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Written by Hisham Sarwar


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