A website can show you what the internet looked like 10 years ago

Remembering where you were 10 years ago is a fun way to get nostalgic, and a website has taken this idea and applied to some of the biggest sites on the internet.

The result is proof of just how far the web, and indeed the world, has moved on in a decade.

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Among the sites included on the page is Apple, where 10 years ago you’ll see they were getting excited about the first iPhone, while the most popular items on gaming site IGN were Madden NFL 08 and Super Smash Bros 3.

The home page of the White House website is also a very different place – focusing on the latter stages of George W Bush’s presidency.

Ten Years Ago website
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The design of many of the sites is also greatly different to how they appear now, a nod to an age just before the smartphone revolution took hold, and the world began to consume content in an entirely new way.

A decade ago, the web was far more written words and fewer videos – the front pages of the news sites on offer such as Fox and CNN show that.

YouTube too, was a wasteland of white space.

Ten Years Ago website
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Unsurprisingly, Reddit looks exactly the same. The self-titled “front page of the internet” continues to follow the basic list format it always has.

The website was the work of web developer Neal Agarwal, who previously created the Every Second Apple interactive graphic that detailed how many iPhones and how products the tech giant sold every second.

He used the internet archive to compile his website – though the archive itself is worth a visit if you want further web nostalgia. It has more than 300 billion web pages to search through.