MANILA, Philippines – On March 29, 1994, the Philippines connected to the Internet for the first time.
Since then, the Internet has become part of most Filipinos’ day-to-day activities, as it is used to surf the Web, read the news, chat with friends, check e-mails, upload pictures, post opinions, and share stories. (READ: PH Internet audience growth fastest in Southeast Asia)
Do you remember how some websites looked like when the Internet was still young? With the help of the Internet Archive’s Wayback Machine, we can access – and actually play with – previous versions of websites.
The Wayback Machine stores snapshots of websites as far back as 1996. However, it does not archive social networking sites Facebook and Twitter.
Let us take a trip down memory lane and see how some popular websites and official government sites looked like then and now.
Move the slider left or right to see before-and-after snapshots.
Google, 1998 vs 2014
Yahoo!, 2003 vs 2014
MSN.com, 2001 vs 2014
MySpace, 2004 vs 2014
Friendster, 2004 vs 2014
Once the Philippines’ top social networking site, Friendster transformed into a social gaming platform in 2011. (READ: Why Friendster fell off the face of the earth)
Multiply, 2004 vs 2014
Multiply, a social networking site which later became an online marketplace, ceased operations on May 31, 2013.
Gov.ph, 2002 vs 2014
Philippine Senate website, 2002 vs 2014
Philippine House of Representatives website, 2000 vs 2014