Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Fun playing with the Wayback Machine

If you've never stumbled on the internet archive website you should really check it out.   The archive was born right about the time the web began explosive growth.   The site's purpose is to be an online library, if you want to watch old Superman, Popeye or Betty Boop cartoons this is a great place to start.  

One of the fun things to do with your kids is to play with the Way-Back machine.   For any one who ever watched Rocky and Bullwinkle you will recognize the name.  Check out this wikipedia article on Mr. Peabody and the WABAC machine. If you didn't follow the link, the WABAC machine was a time-machine to transport Mr. Peabody and his boy to any time in history.

The internet archive's version is used in the same way allowing you to select anytime in web history and see what your favorite websites looked in their infancy.   Wanna check out the first version Google, or take a ride down memory lane on your own site???

As you go through the images take a minute and remind yourself that the web is a collection of digital medium easly archived and tracked for a large amount of time.  This might be a good time to either remind your kids or tell them for the first time to be careful what they do and say online because it might get captured forever. 

Walk with me down memory lane as we check out some popular sites at their birth:

Minecraft 


 

Google 

 

Ebay 


 

Amazon


 


If you want to continue playing with the wayback machine follow the direct link here.