What Our Favourite Sites Looked Like When They Were Launched

1. Google

Officially launched on September 4th 1998, Google have stuck to their colour scheme and their logo hasn’t changed much. The interface has been improved since with HTML. The capability of the biggest search engine has definitely changed though!


2. YouTube

YouTube, launched in Feb 2005 is nearly unrecognisable, apart from the logo of course. The first video to be uploaded to the website was “Me at The Zoo”. This 19 second clip was of a YouTube founder, Jawed Karim..


3. Facebook

The Facebook was created in Feb 2004 by the now famous, Mark Zuckerberg. The site was only avaiable to students from Harvard University but 10 years later they have over 800 million users across the globe. Notice the image of the face in the top left corner of the Facebook Banner… that’s Al Pacino.


4. Yahoo!

A couple of Stanford student, Jery Yang and David Filo launched Yahoo (acronym; “Yet Another Hierarchical Officious Oracle”) in March 1995. It was originally a way to search the web but these days it’s evolved into a personalised news site.


5. Twitter

Twitter has had more than a few tweaks since it first came out  in July 2006. First of all it was called “Twttr”, second of all it had a different colour scheme. The design has been changed  6 times in just 5 years. These days it has 100 million users.


6. MySpace

A plain design for MySpace back in Aug 2003, but after MySpace became seriously popular between 2005 and 2008 it was sold for $580 millionit got a whole new look. More recently Justine Timberlake bought it for $35 million.


7. Amazon

Online shopping goes all the way back to 1995 when Amazon was launched as an online book store.


By Hannah Jones

Hannah is a Manchester based writer who has spent many years studying and working in the field of journalism and psychology. Hannah enjoys swimming, meditation and dog walking. Her favourite quote is, 'If it doesn't challenge you, it doesn't change you.'