As part of my fascination with the internet of the 90s and early 2000s I did some searching on gifcities.org - a site from archive.org that hosts a humongous collection of animated gifs ripped from GeoCities sites that were rescued when GeoCities folded. A few searches in and it wasn’t too long before I began to see some of the old banner ads that we saw so many of back in the day.
Here’s just a few of what I found
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I can’t imagine many people anticipated that Amazon’s rise would have been quite so extreme. From book store to everything store and cloud service provider.
This one is focusing on books only, so it may be from Amazon’s earlier days:
And these two are talking about electronics. You now know where to go for your camcorders!
The Diamond Rio PMP300 was one of the first MP3 players from 1998, so that gives us a good idea when this banner was in use
Finally, we have an advert targeted squarely at Bono
Amazon.co.uk is more pertinent to my shopping needs, but at this point in time it was still just about books
Sticking to the UK, Comet was an electrical store that had branches all across the country until around 2012
MP3 files were the in thing in the late 90s, and mp3.com attempted to be the legitimate place for digital music. I remember seeing the banners everywhere but I never visited because they didn’t have the Linkin Park or Evanescence songs I was looking for.
Lycos are apparently still running, but I remember them being one of the names trying to fight for you to use their search engine along with Ask Jeeves, Yahoo, Dogpile (also still going!) and eventually of course Google
Finally, good old MSN Messenger
Written approximately 25 April 2020Go Back