Relive The Internet Of The 1990s In 6 Gifs

Relive the Internet of the 1990s in 6 Gifs

Thirty years ago, on 15 March, 1985, the first .com domain name — symbolics.com — was registered by the technology company Symbolics, marking the birth of the commercial internet. But things started heating up in the 1990s. Click back to those days with these nostalgic gifs.

1985. When Back to the Future opened in American theatres and ended up as the highest-grossing film of the year. When Studio Ghibli, the world famous Japanese animation studio was founded. When Amiga personal computers were introduced. When Super Mario Bros. was published. When Steve Jobs left Apple. When Space Shuttle Atlantis made her maiden flight. When the first Nintendo consoles released in the US.

Despite all these skyrocketing cultural, technological, scientific developments, the internet, as we know and love it today, started to build up very slowly, with the registration of only six .com domain name in 1985. The following decade brought the real break through: the millionth .com name was registered in 1997.

Do you remember those years? When Netscape Navigator was the most popular internet browser, and frames, tables and little perky animations ruled the webpages? The following set of GIFs created by The Open University based upon the archived pages from the Internet Archive Wayback Machine, brings back the memories. Happy nostalgia.

HP.com (1997)

Relive the Internet of the 1990s in 6 Gifs

Boeing.com (1997)

Relive the Internet of the 1990s in 6 Gifs

Intel.com (1997)

Relive the Internet of the 1990s in 6 Gifs

Apple.com (1997)

Relive the Internet of the 1990s in 6 Gifs

The Open University: 1997

Relive the Internet of the 1990s in 6 Gifs

Xerox.com: 1996

Relive the Internet of the 1990s in 6 Gifs

Comments

    Ah yes The glory days of the internet. Before they invented Flash advertising.

    Right now I am looking at about 40% of my screen showing Optus ads, so .. er .. yeah thanks Giz.

    I would've given my left nut back then for the load speeds simulated by these GIFs

    HP, Boeing and Xerox feel wrong. There's minimal consistency of styles between the pages. Apple's actually looks ok to me, you could make some small changes and have it looking ok in todays web, retro but ok. The Intel site would have looked great in it's time but very dated now.

    I assume there are images missing which would have made these sites look much more professional, even for 1997.

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