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Internet Archaeology

Last posted Feb 21, 2013 at 05:47AM EST. Added Feb 09, 2013 at 03:07PM EST
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Ever accidentally find a website that hasn’t been touched in ages? Web pages impeccably preserved from the pre-mySpace era?
Wayback Machine is pretty cool, but a lot of the older sites are very very broken. I’m talking sites that are still up. Just sitting there. Alone.

I call them “Ghost Towns”.

Here’s a few I found:

1 Saturday Morning c. 2001

Space Jam c. 1996

Anyone ever find any more? This is internet research at its best!

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Feb 09, 2013 at 03:07PM EST
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Personally, it bothers me when big companies do this to their products. Why make an entire new site to promote the cool, new Sponge Bob special when you already have a perfectly good Nick.com? Especially when they make tons of new sites for every little thing. Five different sites, each hyping up one new addition to Lucky Charms, is kind of overkill and a tad lazy, too.

Feb 09, 2013 at 04:25PM EST
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Aww yeah, time to see what Zuckerberg was up to 10 years ag-

Robots?

:I

Feb 09, 2013 at 07:04PM EST
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Lel, found some pr0n site I used to look at back in ’98.

cool find seriousbidness

Feb 10, 2013 at 12:28PM EST
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"This one.":lolimsofunnyputtinginabaitandswitchxd.com

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Feb 10, 2013 at 01:43PM EST
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Holy cow, I almost forgot about angelfire. Also, I just learned I need to re-install Shockwave.

Feb 10, 2013 at 03:32PM EST
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Damn, I was totally gonna post that Spacejam website, but the OP beat me to it!
That’s basically the only one I know. I’m actually pretty young to the Internet, since I was only born in ’96. Still, I faintly remember some random game websites kids would play around with in class back in Elementary School.

Wish I could remember what any of them were called.

However, I can contribute with one thing: the TV Tropes page on Geocities has a link to a massive online archive of different sites within the domain, a glorious treasure trove for any adventurous types to dig through.

It’s a surreal feeling to read through sites that are older than I am, hehe.

Feb 11, 2013 at 12:57AM EST
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I remember some classic websites like JoeCartoon, killfrog, Stick Death, Boneland, Homestar Runner, America Online, etc.. Those were the good times.

Feb 11, 2013 at 01:06AM EST
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Cant remember when I found the site but “Stick Figure Death Theatre” was a classic back in ICT class.

Feb 11, 2013 at 01:10AM EST
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Gaben The Troll wrote:

I remember some classic websites like JoeCartoon, killfrog, Stick Death, Boneland, Homestar Runner, America Online, etc.. Those were the good times.

Homestar Runner is still up, and looks relatively modern. I guess there’s still enough interest in Strong Bad and his antics

Feb 11, 2013 at 01:34AM EST
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http://angelaa.com/

ANGELA ANACONDA!!!!

Feb 11, 2013 at 01:59AM EST

Something definitely worth checking out, especially for fellow Earthbound fans, is the archive of past Starmen.net iterations available on their “Stonehenge” database, most interestingly the first ever post (back in 1999) on what is now the most popular, and still frequently visited Earthbound fan community on the Internet. While it’s not still in active use, and has definitely undergone massive changes into its current form, it’s an interesting tidbit for any Internet antiquarian.

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Feb 11, 2013 at 02:12AM EST
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watch and learn everybody:

watch this!

it’s a french site but you still can clic on the diferent word in the flashing red bare in the header
all page of the site are diferent

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Feb 11, 2013 at 09:15AM EST
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Cartoons&Nerds wrote:

Crash Bandicoot Warped, c. 1998

That was the first game I ever played.

I’m going to go cry nostalgic tears now.

Feb 11, 2013 at 09:33AM EST

Not much old
But the websites that Let me hear you war cry got it’s faces from a (probably) abandoned website

Feb 11, 2013 at 10:21AM EST
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Original Super Smash bros. but only in Japanese. http://www.nintendo.co.jp/n01/n64/software/nus_p_nalj/smash/

Feb 11, 2013 at 10:35AM EST
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Anyone remember this one?

http://youareanidiot.org/

Or anything from ebaumsworld for that matter.

Feb 11, 2013 at 11:24AM EST
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@Sioraf as Na Cillini: oh, the graphics! :D

Here’s another classic, Hyperchat’s State of Insanity

It’s an old role-playing chat site from the tail end of the 90s. The copyright goes up to 2008, but I don’t think the graphics have seen an update in at least 15 years.

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Feb 11, 2013 at 11:50AM EST
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Would you consider Maddox’s website as part of this? On the one hand he does update it somewhat regularly. On the other it was created back in that era and he has very intentionally not upgraded it since.

Feb 11, 2013 at 01:24PM EST
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I know a guy who makes websites for fun but he makes them as if it was still the 90s. And he wonders why he can’t get a developer job!

Feb 11, 2013 at 01:28PM EST
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The best page of the universe never changed the original design, right?
One day I read an article in a newspaper about the first photo in the internet (spanish): http://www.lanacion.com.ar/1489840-la-historia-detras-de-la-primera-foto-de-la-webarieltorres
One of the links brought me to this site: http://venus.web.cern.ch/VENUS/
The guy that uploaded the first photo in the internet worked in that project. And the page is untouched since 1999.

Feb 11, 2013 at 02:52PM EST
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Axel wrote:

The best page of the universe never changed the original design, right?
One day I read an article in a newspaper about the first photo in the internet (spanish): http://www.lanacion.com.ar/1489840-la-historia-detras-de-la-primera-foto-de-la-webarieltorres
One of the links brought me to this site: http://venus.web.cern.ch/VENUS/
The guy that uploaded the first photo in the internet worked in that project. And the page is untouched since 1999.

This one did change, but it was the first one in the web: http://info.cern.ch/

Feb 11, 2013 at 03:09PM EST
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John Atyxyt wrote:

Not much old
But the websites that Let me hear you war cry got it’s faces from a (probably) abandoned website

http://weirdmannequins.wordpress.com/

Feb 11, 2013 at 03:16PM EST
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Am I the only one who was addicted to this game?
http://pbskids.org/arthur/games/scoop/scoop.html

Feb 11, 2013 at 03:51PM EST
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Found this awful history site while doing research for a paper
http://www.fultonhistory.com

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Feb 11, 2013 at 04:37PM EST
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Here is a blast from very late 90’s, this is the oldest version I could find on WBM.

Napster

Feb 11, 2013 at 06:47PM EST
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Tyler びてる wrote:

Am I the only one who was addicted to this game?
http://pbskids.org/arthur/games/scoop/scoop.html

OH CRAP.

I REMEMBER PLAYING THAT GAME.

BEFORE I COULD FUCKING READ.

Feb 12, 2013 at 11:16AM EST
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Googling around, i found a few ancient ‘shrine’ fandom webpages that are still up there. When I was watching Dragonball Z and Pokemon as a kid, I visited some of these sites to learn more about anime. Before the advent of Wikipedia or Youtube, these sites were some of the best sources on the internet to find information, images, music and video from anime and video games.

If you want an insight into anime or game fandom in the late 90’s – early 00’s or if you’d like a nostalgia trip, have a look at these:

http://theanimeshrine.8m.com/index2.htm
http://www.angelfire.com/il2/FFVII/index.html
http://www.angelfire.com/anime4/msfgod/
http://www.angelfire.com/moon/ptilol/
http://www.angelfire.com/de/pokemonmadness/

If you look around on google, surprisingly there’s still a lot of these around, with some not updated since 1999.

Last edited Feb 13, 2013 at 01:48AM EST
Feb 13, 2013 at 01:46AM EST
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swiley1983 wrote:

Dole-Kemp ’96

Quote on the top of their news page:
“There’s no doubt we’ll look back at Web sites today and basically say … that they were quite primitive. They don’t customize what they present to the viewers’ interests. They don’t remember: Have you been there before? What have you seen before? And that’s got to change.” -- Bill Gates, MSNBC, July 15, 1996

Golden.

Feb 13, 2013 at 03:36AM EST
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This is funny: while looking for sources for a research project about Ghost Towns, I found a Ghost Town website about Ghost Towns.

http://www.ghosttowns.com/

Feb 14, 2013 at 07:41PM EST
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http://www.microsoft.com/games/monster/

Feb 21, 2013 at 05:47AM EST
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