Why does nostalgia feel good? Seeing a TV commercial, hearing a song or playing a game from an earlier time in your life makes you feel more connected to your past, and can even bring back happy memories.
Whatever the reason, nostalgia is something the Internet loves – and more than a few websites and apps are dedicated to it. Today Cool Websites and Apps brings you 5 sites we haven’t covered yet, all of which can make you feel connected to different parts of your past. Whether you fondly remember the 90s or think back to the decades before that, there’s something for you here. Let’s dive in!
Facebook’s “On This Day” Page: See Posts and Photos From Your Past
Facebook’s been around since 2004, meaning many users have a decade of memories stored in there at this point – a potential gold mine of personal nostalgia. Facebook knows this, and they’re hoping their new “On This Day” feature – rolling out to users now – can deliver good feelings by showing you old posts.
You can see this page on the web by going to facebook.com/onthisday, or using the Facebook app by searching for “On This Day”. Not all users have access as of this writing, but that’s apparently coming.
There are potential pitfalls here, of course – seeing photos from an old relationship, or posts involving a recently deceased relative, could be more painful than nostalgic. Facebook is apparently trying to filter such things out, it will be interesting to see how it all works out.
The Nostalgia Machine: Hear Music From Your Childhood
There’s something about music that triggers old memories. The Nostalgia Machine lets you pick a year, then scroll through some of the most popular songs from that year.
Click any title to play a YouTube embed of the song, then lean back and think of the good old days.
My family has a VHS tape full of old Christmas specials, recorded from TV in the 90s. One of the craziest thing about watching that tape are the old commercials. They’re pieces of video you’ve seen hundreds of times, then stopped thinking about – seeing them again is strange.
If you want that feeling, right now, look no further than these three websites. All focus on a different decade, but function basically the same: letting you watch music videos, commercials and TV shows from a particular year.
You can change the channel if you don’t like what you see, and pick which videos should be included in the rotation. You’re bound to see a few things you remember from back in the day.
Sndtst.com: Collection of Video Game Soundtracks
Watching TV in the 90s was arguably a waste of time, though, because of all the great video games released then. If you’ve got more nostalgia for game pads than TV remotes, check out Sndtst – this site lets you play entire soundtracks from your favourite retro games.
There are a ton of great soundtracks offered here, so check it out. You can also play a “Guess the Game” minigame, if you want to test your knowledge, or download the songs you love most.
While we’re on the subject: video game soundtracks can be great for studying. Give it a shot.
SkiFree.js: Play a Windows 3.1 Classic, Online
If you didn’t grow up with a console, Nintendo and Sega soundtracks probably don’t do much for you. If you owned a PC in the early 90s, though, I bet this does:
You can play Ski Free, online, right now thanks to Dan Hough. Read about how he made this online version right now if you’re curious.
Wondering about other Windows classics? Here’s how to play solitaire and minesweeper on Windows 8.
What Makes You Nostalgic?
Do you have nostalgia for old operating systems? Or technologies that have come and gone? Let us know what tech you have the most nostalgia for, and the websites that let you relive it, in the comments below.
Also feel free to let me know what sorts of roundups you’d like to see in a future edition of Cool Websites and Apps.