This Is How World’s Most Popular Websites Looked When They Launched

Nostalgia can always come knocking - be it a human or a website. Every mammoth website we know of today, was, at some point in time a cheap and shoddy looking e-waste. Nobody ever imagined Facebook, Google or, for that matter, even MySpace would become so hugely popular. Having said that, let’s take a dive back in time and check out how some of the world’s most loved websites looked just when they introduced themselves to the World Wide Web.

TheFacebook, yes, that’s what it was originally called before Zuckerberg dropped the “the” on Sean Carter’s insistence, which began 10 years ago in a dorm room with a handful of (loaned) dollars and a probably infringed idea is now a multi billion dollar website with more than whopping billion users.

You know why Google’s homepage is so simple? That is because Sergey Brin and Larry Page didn’t know how to use HTML and want a quick design. But they would have never imagined that the design they created in haste will set a bench mark for search engine landing pages. Launched on Sept. 4, 1998 Google’s landing page hasn’t changed as much as its world dominance agendas.

YouTube single handedly started the era of video streaming on the internet. Surprisingly though, when YouTube came out in 2005, there was no evidence of even a single video to stream on it. And, hilariously, the first video on YouTube was created by one of YouTube's founders, Jawed Karim, and was titled “Me at the Zoo”. It was 19 seconds long.

How many of you knew that Yahoo! is an acronym for “Yet Another Hierarchical Officious Oracle”? Hardly a few, we think. Launched in March1995, Yahoo was the world’s first functioning online navigational guide to the web. The original landing page had a simple (Google like) search bar and hyper links to other websites. Look at it now though, all decked up and sassy.

The American e-commerce titan which sells almost anything that can be bought was, once, a mere online bookstore. Launched in 1995, Amazon’s landing page used to say “Welcome to book”.


Yeah, you got it right. It’s hard to believe, that this image was once the landing page of the world’s second favorite (Facebook still rules) social networking website. Co-founder Jack Dorsey came up with this design in 2006 and the spelling “twttr” was inspired by the likes of flickr and SMS smartcodes.

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