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Those nostalgic for (or curious about) the internet's olden days may be interested in Oldweb.today, a web portal that focuses on the internet experience from days of yore. As the resource's creators explain, "[t]oday's web browsers want to be invisible [...]. In the 1990s, browser design took nearly the opposite approach, using iconography associated with travel to convey the feeling of going on a journey." Oldweb.today recreates that journey for its users. Unlike other archival web resources, Oldweb.today goes beyond merely showing what websites used to look like--this web portal simulates the browser experience from those early days as well. Visitors to Oldweb.today can choose from a variety of browsers and browser versions, such as legacy versions of Internet Explorer and multiple versions of Netscape Navigator, then enter a URL and choose an archival date to discover what it was like to visit that website on that particular date. Oldweb.today was launched in 2015 by Ilya Kreymer and Dragan Espenschied of Rhizome.org, a nonprofit organization focused on digital art and culture.
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Date of Scout Publication 2018-08-10
Archived Scout Publication URL https://scout.wisc.edu/report/2018/0810

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