I am currently in the process of helping a client revive a website had been allowed to wither to obscurity. One of the biggest challenges I have found in putting together a website is gathering the content matter for the site. It’s wonderful to know what pages you want, but sometimes it’s tough to know what to put on those pages. I had an even bigger problem with this client, since he had already had a site, but could not remember what pages or details he had on his site.
Son #1 suggested that I check out The Wayback Machine. Now I have to admit, the first thing that came to mind was the old Mr. Peabody and Sherman cartoon from my childhood. But I don’t think that Son#2 had ever even seen that cartoon.
Son#2 explained that The Wayback Machine is a digital time capsule. The service enables users to see archived versions of web pages across time. You simply select a website type in the url and select a date. The Wayback Machine will show you what that site looked like on that day.
I guess what they say is true, that once something is posted on the internet, it doesn’t truly go away.
Here is a screenshot of the very first Google page from 1998:
Warning! This could get addicting and keep you from doing your writing. Be sure to check this out only if you aren’t on a deadline or should be doing something else.
Writing on the Sidewalk