The Wayback Machine

Do you ever go to the Wayback Machine on the The Internet Archives (Archive.org) and check out old versions of websites?

Like, Google when it was in beta?

Or Yahoo in it’s infancy?

How about Xanga?  It went from a mysterious page that didn’t say what it was for, to a site for building your own “home portals,” to a place to build your own “affiliated store,” then changed to a place where anyone could “publish online.”  Funny, for an entire year Xanga had no idea what it was.  It didn’t become a “weblog” until November 2000.

And here is my original Xanga, with some entries from October 2002.  I’d completely forgotten about my blinking self portrait.

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