How 20 popular websites looked when they launched

A look back at the humble beginnings of some of the internets biggest websites. This post was originally posted by the Telegraph and we feel it fits as a sturn reminder to all those companies and individuals who wait and wait and wait in launching their website while messing over the little details. We say – ‘Just launch it!’, as as we can see from the following screenshots you have to start somewhere.

1. Google.com – launched in 1996

Google first look

2. Facebook.com – launched in 2004

Facebook first look

3. Myspace.com – launched in 2003

Myspace first look

4. Yahoo.com – launched in 1994

Yahoo first look

5. Youtube.com – launched in 2005

Youtube first look

6. Wikipedia.org – launched in 2001

Wikipedia first look

7. MSN.com – launched in 1995

MSN first look

8. Apple.com – launched in 1987 (screenshot from 1996)

Apple first look

9. Drudgereport.com – launched in 1997

Drudgereport first look

10. Amazon.com – launched in 1995

Amazon first look

11. Twitter.com – launched in 2006

Twitter first look

12. Whitehouse.gov – launched in 1994

Whitehouse first look

13. Craigslist.org – launched in 1995

Craigslist first look

14. Nytimes.com – launched in 1995

Nytimes first look

15. News.bbc.co.uk – launched in 1997

bbcnews first look

16. Dell.com – launched in 1996

Dell first look

17. Friendsreunited.com – launched in 2000

Friendsreunited first look

18. Telegraph.co.uk – launched in 1994

Telegraph first look

19. Blogger.com – launched in 1999

Blogger first look

20. Flickr.com – launched in 2004

Flickr first look

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Gary Hartley

Gary Hartley is The Floating Frog. A seasoned freelance web designer with skills in UI/UX, CRO design, WordPress, branding, PSD-HTML conversions and more. Got a project you need to start or take to the next level? Please, get in touch!