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FLASHBACK: 1.Oohhh to 2.WOAH!

Mashable released yesterday a screen-shot list of our favorite Web sites when they were just wee little web-tots in their “What the World’s Biggest Web Sites Looked Like at Launch.”

The list includes Google, YouTube, Facebook (then, “The Facebook”), Yahoo, Amazon, Twitter, The New York Times and MySpace. Some of the most shocking landing pages include Amazon and Yahoo, both launched in 1995, with some pretty archaic Web design that would certainly stupefy the Bieber-fever-Twitter-Texting-iPad-thriving teeny boppers of today. Surprisingly (and yet totally expected), Google’s 1998 design has kept a consistent, simple primary-color aesthetic for the last 13+ years, albeit the interactivity of its interface has gone through a major face lift with the Web 2.0 revolution.

Web 2.Woah, which has brought us the entertaining, dynamic and interactive elements of Web sites today, is a product of how Web technology functions have changed over time, most obviously since the mid-90’s when the Internet took off in its awkward-teenage-brace-face-Clearasil phase. (Still confused on what Web 2.0 really is? Check out Richard MacManus’ insight from ZD Net.)

The “pretty” landing pages we enjoy now are here in large part, again, due to the morphing of behind-the-scene technologies that changed from multiple calls to the server to an open-line system. In a nut shell, this idea can be broken down as a change from question-answer-question-answer (or click, contact publisher, wait, load new page, view new page, repeat) to a fluid conversation with a lot less waiting for the user.

The faces of these sites are obviously more fun to look at now, but the past shows us that the backbone of the system has actually made the experience of surfing the Web a more people-centered one.

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