The Evolution of the Homepage
Using the WayBack Machine, we looked back at how the homepage has changed since the early days of the Internet
- By K. Annabelle Smith
- Smithsonian.com, June 04, 2012
Witness: the birth of the web blog (aka “blog”). Blog usage, which evolved from an earlier type of thread using the Internet from software, grew in popularity thanks to hosted blog tools like LiveJournal and Xanga (launched in 1998). Suddenly anyone could write anything they wanted on the web for free—which today is arguably both a good thing and a bad thing. This homepage features Frank the goat, LiveJournal’s mascot, whose popularity may have outlasted that of “Clippy,” Microsoft Office’s animated paperclip.