Do you know that Altavista, the omnipotent web search platform before Google awakened, is still online? Okay, it's integrated into Yahoo, but the domain and the interface is up and running. Just like HotBot! Anyone remember HotBot? And Lycos? WebCrawler?
These legendary search engines have survived for almost twenty years. Back in the 1990s, for most of us, they were The Internet. Even if their current design has become completely different, the fact that they are alive and functional at all is purely amazing. I made quick hunt for more of these intact interweb sites and homepages with original historic details—HTML 2.0, frames, and animgifs—perfectly preserved from the glorious 90s. After wiping my tears off, I present you with 23 of them.
The Lost World
Warner Bros has a few nicely conserved promotional websites. Everyone knows the Space Jam classic, and the Wild Wild West page. My personal favorite is the Jurassic Park: The Lost World site, which was (is) a complete viral marketing campaign INGEN, the fictional company central to the movie.
One of the first community blogs ever—in fact, one of the first blogs, period. Started in 1998, muted in 2006, restarted in 2012. Always looks exactly like in 1998. YAY!
With its mess of a layout, this huge Norwegian gadget sales site is surely the craziest of all. The content is mostly up-to-date, but for most contemporary visitors, it is more fun to collect all the animated objects than to do any real shopping. Spot the waving Santa Claus, find all the dancing robots, and the do not miss the hot 'PIKE.flashtits1.gif' among the remote controlled model helicopters. Check out the Christmas-themed footer, too!
Dynamic Photorealistic 3D Graphing Software for Math and Physics Visualization. Pure hardcore Science and psychedelic animated gifs from 1997—could you want any more than this?
We recently noticed that Bob Dole's sad 1996 campaign website is still online. Just checked: Still online.