The Future of the Wayback Machine

By  |  Monday, January 24, 2011 at 12:11 pm

Read Write Web’s Curt Hopkins has a good post on a new version of one of my favorite Web services, the Internet Archive’s Wayback Machine, which lets you view old versions of Web sites. The new version is still in beta, and at the moment it appears to be even quirkier than its rather quirky predecessor. For instance, it has way more results for than the old Wayback Machine, but it displays frankenpages that mix old elements with new ones–pages from 2008 have the 2011 Technologizer logo. And much of the time, I get error messages rather than any results at all. But when the new Wayback works well, it’s smashing–it’s now easier than ever to click your way through the evolution of sites such as the New York Times.

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