Blast from the Past

Websites have changed over the years. The Google.com of today isn’t quite like the one of yesteryear. Same with Amazon.com or Netflix.com or Facebook.com and many others. A video editing company by the name of Kapwing has been curating websites for their Museum of Websites. You will also find Reddit.com, NewYorkTimes.com, Twitter.com, and Pinterest.com and more!

They have a section within their website with a gallery of how famous websites have changed over the years. They are slowly working on getting more and more. The oldest one is Yahoo!, which has been around since 1995.

Somehow, we don’t think the earlier craigslist.org will show much change over time. It seems its retro look hasn’t changed much since the first time we’ve seen it.

You can join the email list to know when they put new ones up

Server is down

Last week, there was a major outage of Amazon’s cloud servers on the east coast in VA. It lasted a few hours and caused havoc with many websites. It’s not often that this happens, but when it does, it causes problems in many places.

If you use any of their services, you can check the status of their servers here. Even if you don’t keep your website on their servers, you can find some of your apps having problems. Think Alexa, Nest, etc. Some major websites depend on these services as well and you may find them down as well.

If you are having trouble reaching a site, you can go to isitdownrightnow.com. The home page of this site has a list of major services listed with (hopefully) a green box to let you know it is running. It includes sites such as Netflix, Facebook, Youtube, Google, Yahoo, and the like. There is also a list on the right site of sites last checked and some sites that are currently down.

Oh, and human error was blamed for the massive Amazon server outage.

The Victor Crew

Exclusive Websites

There are all types of websites out there. Corporate, blogs, membership, shopping carts. But here is a new twist. There is a site called Most Exclusive Website (http://mostexclusivewebsite.com) where you have to take a ticket in order to visit it. You get a “ticket” with a number and are told how many people are ahead of you. Only one person can visit at a time and they have 60 seconds in which to view the site.

As I sit and wait, there are over anywhere from 1700-1900 people in line (it varies) as people leave the ticketing system or grab a ticket. It lists how many minutes were wasted waiting for a turn (over 36 years at this writing.)

This site was created by Justin Foley from Westerville, Ohio. He has a gofundme page for donations to defray server costs. This does not allow you to buy your way in as the site is equally exclusive for everyone. It looks like your name gets listed with a Special Thanks when you do contribute.

Jody Victor

Someone recorded what he saw once he was able to access the site. Awww.

Ever wonder what the very first website was?

Well, Jody, according to mashable.com, CERN – the people responsible for web standards has found a 1992 copy of their site. You can view it at its original URL. They are trying to find an earlier version from their very first site in 1991. In April 1993, they made the WWW technology available royalty-free.

Other beginnings:
See an article by Business Insider showing what 14 popular websites looked like when they first launched in comparison to now.