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August 12, 2017 6:30 PM   Subscribe

Geocities-ize your Internet! Make Any Webpage Look Like It Was Made By A 13 Year-Old In 1996. [warning: sound, Geocities]

Some sites that work:
The New York Times
Youtube

Some sites that don't work:
Washington Post
Metafilter :-(
posted by chainsofreedom (17 comments total) 24 users marked this as a favorite
 
Hey! I was 15 in 1996!

Although this misses my signature move: words with hand-coded color gradients. So maybe you're talking about someone else.
posted by ckape at 6:50 PM on August 12


Unfortunately, Hamster Dance only sorta works.
posted by ckape at 6:52 PM on August 12


Needs more < blink> and < img src=constructionbanner_19_.gif>
posted by Blue_Villain at 6:54 PM on August 12 [2 favorites]


Needs more < blink> and < img src=constructionbanner_19_.gif>

My Geocities webpage is indexed on the Wayback Machine and will forever have the under construction gif with a note stating that the page would be finished ~2002.
posted by littlesq at 7:17 PM on August 12 [11 favorites]


I wonder if we'll have similar nostalgic mockery of 2010s web junk twenty years from now. Like newsletter signups that block your screen thirty seconds after you start reading an article. Confusing links to "related stories" interspersed between every three sentences of a news story. Massive grids of bogus celebrity clickbait after a two-paragraph "content feature."

Then again, at least we don't have that blink tag anymore....
posted by Umami Dearest at 8:03 PM on August 12 [19 favorites]


Haha my employers' page with rotating images and music is delightful
posted by emjaybee at 8:05 PM on August 12 [3 favorites]


Hey, the dancing baby!!!
posted by lemonade at 8:11 PM on August 12 [3 favorites]


My life looks like a website that was made by a 13 year old in 1996.
posted by vorpal bunny at 9:19 PM on August 12 [4 favorites]


The NYT page had an animated gif of a dude farting riiiight on top of Ross Douthat's column, so I'm an instant fan.
posted by kalimac at 9:19 PM on August 12 [4 favorites]


OUCH!
posted by a humble nudibranch at 11:00 PM on August 12


Oh my god I was a 13 year old in 1996 and I had a geocities site and it played a midi version of the Star Wars cantina band song and it had math problems you could solve and I will have you know it was part of MANY PRESTIGIOUS WEBRINGS is my life some sort of joke to you people
posted by augustimagination at 1:45 AM on August 13 [23 favorites]


I had high hopes but putting the fabulously tacky page of a local airport through this strips out the blinky animations, which is kind of the opposite of the intended outcome.
posted by exogenous at 5:06 AM on August 13 [2 favorites]


It doesn't work on my music page that was actually designed to look like it was made in 1994 :(
posted by lmfsilva at 5:49 AM on August 13


Ling's Cars doesn't work either :-(
posted by flabdablet at 8:58 AM on August 13 [1 favorite]


Hah thanks for sharing this. I wish I still had access to my geocities website from back then. The sites do need more counters though. I remember that being huge.
posted by FireFountain at 10:15 AM on August 13 [2 favorites]


I wonder if we'll have similar nostalgic mockery of 2010s web junk twenty years from now. Like newsletter signups that block your screen thirty seconds after you start reading an article...

The thing that's charming about Geocities-like stuff beyond just the nostalgic element is that they were made by ordinary people, and ordinary people are quirky and weird as hell. I picture "Welcome to Dan's homepage!" with little fireworks gifs and a picture of Dan riding in Airwolf that he made in Corel Paint Shop Pro. You know what I mean. People got to express themselves. When my dad got an Internet-capable PC in 1994, the first website I ever saw was a really obsessive Japanese fan page about the Monkees. Seeing charmingly hand-made websites reminds me of a time before all the gross corporatization of everything online, when it was a colorful place (literally and figuratively), with lots of green or pink text on a background of sparkling stars (literally or figuratively).
posted by shapes that haunt the dusk at 2:00 PM on August 13 [6 favorites]


Corel Jasc Paint Shop Pro
posted by lmfsilva at 3:13 PM on August 13 [3 favorites]


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