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Time Machine: Here's how 26 popular websites used to look

Have you ever seen the very first version of RTE.ie? Or wondered what the name ‘Daft’ came from?

SO APPARENTLY THERE’S this hip new thing that all the kids are doing these days – it’s called the Internet? And you can dial it up over the phone and look at stuff other people have put up? It’s basically a fancy, expensive version of Teletext.

Anyway, here’s some of the deadly Internet Sites you can dial up on the information superhighway, which of course will never take off, because it’s only full of porn.

Time Machine: Here's how 26 popular websites used to look
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  • Yahoo! (1997)

  • Altavista (1999)

  • Hotmail.com (1998)

  • RTÉ (1996)

  • Ireland.com (1996)

  • Independent.ie (1997)

  • Independent.ie (2002)

  • Met.ie (2002)

  • Ireland On-Line (2000)

  • Indigo.ie (2001)

  • Irlgov.ie (1996)

  • Irlgov.ie (1996) - part 2

  • Oireachtas (2002)

  • Apple (1998)

  • Microsoft (1996)

  • Google (1999)

  • GAA.ie (1996)

  • Eircom.net (2000)

  • AOL (1996)

  • MySpace.com (1997)

  • TheFacebook.com (2004)

  • Bebo (2005)

  • Twitter (2006)

  • Daft.ie (1999)

  • Boards.ie (2000)

  • TheJournal.ie (2010)

Most of these archive versions can be accessed using the excellent Wayback Machine at Archive.org. Make sure you don’t catch the I LOVE YOU virus on your travels around the information superhighway.

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