If you’re of a certain age, you’ll recall the heady days of the early World Wide Web in the 1990s, and the excitement of discovering that a person with very little programming knowledge can build their own website, free, through the web hosting platform Geocities! If you’re not of a certain age, you look at the sites that were built back then and say, “What were they thinking?”
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What they were thinking was how much fun it was to build your own internet site and fill it with colorful moving images, links, and even a musical soundtrack. The opportunity for everyday folks to build something personal on the internet was much bigger than having a purpose for their website. And it was more important than tasteful design. You gotta work with what you have. If you feel nostalgic for the days of Geocities, you can scroll through Cameron’s World to see the range of colors, icons, designs, gifs, and special effects. Many of the pictures and icons are links to archived versions of the original Geocities website it was found on. Host Cameron Askin calls it “a tribute to the lost days of unrefined self-expression on the internet.” Geocities folded because they weren’t making any money, but the aesthetic lives on as a piece of internet history.