It is the 1st of April 2014 IRL and the 1st of January 1999 in Geocities time (the day of last update of the screenshots appearing on our Tumblr at the moment).

What do we remember about this year?
It was the end of the browser war and beginning of plugin wars. 3D on the web was a reality! Dragan designed sites in VRML and started to teach others to do so.
I got a web design professorship.

The Webby Awards was still giving awards to net artists. Museums started to collect web art. Dot.com reached its zenith. Flash was taking over amateurs’ and professionals’ minds.

What to expect from the One Terabyte of Kilobyte Age Tumblr in 1999?
First of all, on the 18th of March 1999, we will switch from Netscape to Internet Explorer, since IE 5.0 was relised on this day.
Second, as it seems one Geocities day this year will be almost equal to a day IRL, meaning that we have around 70-80 pages in the Geocities archive abandoned every day in 1999. (72 screenshots appear on Tumblr daily.)

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“Oh…and HAPPY NEW YEAR!” writes the author of the new Sonic website on the first day of 1999 and presents a screenshot of his old one in the Netscape browser. As if he knows that we will be bewildered by it 15 years later.


One Response to Happy 1999!

  • # rabidrodent 2014-04-02 00:59

    Hey, I’m a fan and longtime follower of the blog. This Geocities stuff is pretty interesting to me and I’ve been looking forward to finally seeing Sonic HQ pop up on here.

    You may be surprised to know it’s still around! It’s not very active anymore but it used to be pretty big in the early-to-mid 2000s and had a thriving forum community. I wasn’t involved with it during its formative years in the late 90s and I’m barely involved with it today, but I do have a long history with the site. So it was pretty exciting to see this stuff crop up (and to see it featured here too!). This was only just the beginning… and boy has it had a long, complicated history (particularly on the community side).

    Anyway, I decided to throw together an article on the site about the findings:

    http://www.sonichq.net/article/A-glance-at-Sonic-HQ-on-Geocities

    It’s always nice to look back on stuff like this. Keep up the good work with your project and here’s to the future of the past!


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