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The Web has been with us for 25 years and counting The Web Is 25... So Let Us Celebrate [Weird & Wonderful Web] The Web Is 25... So Let Us Celebrate [Weird & Wonderful Web] The Web recently turned 25, with this incredibly dense and diverse set of online destinations having been born in 1989. I think it's time to celebrate the Web in all its different forms. Party, anyone? Read More , and it has changed an incredible amount in that quarter of a century. However, it’s still young enough that many of us remember our first travels around this series of tubes. You never forget your first time, right?


We asked you, What Is The First Website You Remember Viewing? This question came after we saw a phenomenal response to our poll looking at what year the MakeUseOf readership first headed online When Did You First Access the Internet? [MakeUseOf Poll] When Did You First Access the Internet? [MakeUseOf Poll] It wasn't until the World Wide Web was born that the Internet entered into mainstream consciousness. Now, it's available almost everywhere. When did you first use it? Do you remember your first time? Read More . Buoyed by this nostalgia-fest we decided to find out which websites our readers first remembered seeing.

The results transported us back to the mid-1990s 10 Videos Exploring The Internet As It Was In The 1990s 10 Videos Exploring The Internet As It Was In The 1990s The history of the Internet stretches back as far as 1969, but it didn't become popular until the 1990s when the whole thing became commercialized, ISPs started offering access, and the World Wide Web emerged... Read More , when the Internet as we know it today was just starting to come alive, and people were tentatively exploring the World Wide Web. This was a time before Google even existed, and when Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg was waiting for puberty to kick in rather than plotting new ways to get his hands on our data. Things were very different Go Back In Time: How 10 Big Websites Looked 15 Years Ago Go Back In Time: How 10 Big Websites Looked 15 Years Ago The year was 1997. Apple was a struggling computer company, AOL was a booming Internet service provider, Microsoft was on the verge of releasing Windows 98, and the Web was a very different place. Through... Read More .

Dozens of people told us which website they visited on their first foray onto the Internet. We have compiled a list of 11 of those mentioned in the comments below, with links to those which still exist today in some form or another (and which haven’t been populated with pornography).

If you’re of a certain vintage then this list will surely bring back some memories. If so, tell us which of these websites you remember from yesteryear, or, if you missed out on answering the question the first time around, add your debut domain to the comments section below to continue the discussion.


Comment Of The Week

We received a lot of great comments, including those from Dan, Bill L, and Tygerr. Comment Of The Week goes to Suzybel, who wins a T-shirt for this comment What Is the First Website You Remember Viewing? [We Ask You] What Is the First Website You Remember Viewing? [We Ask You] The web is now 25 years old, but we want to know: where did your online adventure begin? Read More :

My first experience was with Alta Vista. My son said “search for anything you want Mom”. I was so stunned, the only thing I could think of was the Royal Family, Vin Diesel and Steven Seagal. And that was on dial-up.

We chose this comment because remembering the first things you searched for online is an incredible feat well worth winning a T-shirt. The fact that two roided-out action heroes and a bunch of upper class twits were searched for makes it all the more satisfying.

We Ask You is a weekly column in which you have your say about a particular subject. We ask you a question each week, with the results compiled and compressed into a follow-up article the following week. This column is nothing without your input, all of which is valued.

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  1. carbon crank
    August 24, 2014 at 10:08 pm

    on my IBM xt and a 2400 baud modem and countless hours getting the rig set up for bulletin-board dial-up, there then came Columbus freeenet, a dial up connection to the actual real live internet. the first site would have been a search engine, probably alta vista and being a space geek i remember how thrilled I was to get on the nasa site!! also after living fifteen years in california i remember what a great newspaper the san Francisco chronicle is so sfgate dot com was the second site.

  2. Greg
    August 23, 2014 at 1:05 am

    I was guessing on the dates. May or may not be completely accurate on exact year but close. ;)

  3. Greg
    August 23, 2014 at 12:59 am

    Don't really remember my first website i visited. But was using Google before google was cool and now it's not cool. ;)

  4. Greg
    August 23, 2014 at 12:57 am

    Been using computers since i first enlisted in the Air Force in 1982. But no windows then just MS DOS. First so called computer for me was a commodore 64 i bought in a bx when stationed in Korea around 1988. Didn't really do much with that and didn't really mess around with computers much more until webtv came out but it was very limited in what you can do. I used webtv until i bought my first real computer around 1995. Bought my first domain name in 1999.

  5. Guy M
    August 20, 2014 at 6:36 pm

    I'm not sure what the first official website I saw was. I remember way back when I was using the C64 to connect to BBs when I was 12 or so. But then I lost interest in computers until I was in university. I think the university's Internet help page was probably the first web page I ever saw.

    Then I remember using Gopher to search bulletin boards, mostly for stuff related to school or pro wrestling. Ha! Wow, that's a trip down memory lane.

    I guess Gopher technically isn't the web, so I don't recall the first website I visited. Huh.

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