It is always interesting to browse Web Archives and see how it all looked in early days of internet.
From today’s standards, it looks crappy and functionality minimal at best. There is one thing that stands out though. Value proposition of internet giants has remained consistent through-out , like Google for Search, Amazon for E-Commerce.
During first wave of internet (pre-2000), companies were involved in laying the groundwork. Second wave came in 2000 onwards, when companies used internet to build applications/software on top of it. Third wave kicked off in 2010, causing enhanced business participation and internet enabled services (including App economy).
Here is how internet looked in ‘old days’ 🙂
It all started in 1991 with World Wide Web Project in CERN Switzerland.
Yahoo came in 1994, so was flood of similar web sites in same period.
Altavista search engine came in 1995.
Amazon started selling books on Web in 1995.
AuctionWeb (eBay) started in 1995.
Here is how Google looked in 1998, as part of Stanford project.
Paypal kicked off in 1999.
LinkedIn came into existence in 2003.
Thefacebook (later termed simply as Facebook) kicked off in 2004.
Here is how YouTube looked in 2005.
Twitter started in 2006.
Dropbox came in 2008.
Pinterest came in 2010.