There's nothing quite like the timehop feature on Facebook to remind you how incredibly awkward you truly used to be. Well, since the internet has deemed it acceptable to remind us of all our past mistakes (why did I think dying my hair black was cool?), we have taken it upon ourselves to point out that some of the highly refined, A/B tesed internet behemoths of today, used to be not so polished destinations at the very beginning.
The shocking thing about CNN isn't how different the design is, but how similar the headlines are.
Launched in 2003, it took several ex paypal, and SocialNet employees six months to build. Today the juggernaut boasts 400 million users! Back then, gaining 20 users per day, it was a bit more modest.
This is probably the only example of a website that looked better 10 years ago.
The oldest website on this list, dating back to 1990, this site has came a long way since its inception. This particular screen shot is from 1996.
Ah, the inspiration for this post also had its awkward teenage years.
No surprises here, not much has changed.
A far cry from where it is today, AirBNB isn't new to good, and bad design. Here is the first draft of the now infamous hotel killer.
Well, it's nothing if not simple.
Humble beginnings for the worlds largest ecommerce site.
In the early days Netflix had an affinity for terrible stock photos.
That concludes our list of terribly awesome websites. If you'd like to explore the web of yesteryear yourself checkout The Wayback Machine. Likewise, if you'd like to take your own website out of the stone ages we'd love to hear from you.