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The Internet Archive is a brilliant resource to dig into and unearth how some of the most prominent websites of today used to look in their infancy. It almost gives you a feeling like flipping an old photo album and commenting on the bad hairdo of your favorite cousin in 1984.
This is what Yahoo looked like on it's birthday on Oct 17, 1996:
Google had only two lines on its homepage, the day it debuted on Nov 11, 1998:
And when you clicked on the first line it took you to this page (which is a lot more cluttered than the simple Google front page of today):
On Oct 22, 1996, the original search engine AltaVista was born like this:
Springwise would have been passed off as yet another one of those so-called trend-spotting sites, if not for its simple formatted design and content. It is a site which collects new and innovative ideas from around the world (through its springspotters). The key attractive thing about the site is that it is easy to navigate and the data is presented without any chaotic humdrum. Little things like the country flag to signify where the idea was spotted is simple brilliance. The website links at the end of each posting makes it an ideal place to check out some innovative small businesses from around the world that you otherwise would have missed.