#FlashbackFriday: Relics From Internet Past

By Kim Honjo

I run Salesforce’s Slideshare account. When people at the company need to upload presentations or decks, they come to me and I upload it. We’ve got some cool stuff on there like this and this.

The other day, a colleague asked me to load a presentation, so I went to Slideshare’s website to fulfill the request. All of our uploads were missing, except for one. After a 3-second panic attack, I realized that I wasn’t logged into Salesforce’s Slideshare account, but a VERY old Slideshare account that I created so long ago, that I had completely forgotten about it. It must have been linked to an old email account I was logged into. Apparently, I created the account 9 years ago for the sole purpose of sharing this:

In 2007, a small group of friends and I loved to watch the TV show 24, starring Kiefer Sutherland. We gathered to watch the Season 6 premiere of the show, and to commemorate this special occasion, I decided to create a funny Powerpoint presentation, complete with in-jokes, catching us up on where we had left off in Season 5. Looking back, this presentation took a lot of work! It’s chock full of images, sound, graphs, and even flow charts. It’s very comprehensive.

I must have decided to share this presentation with some other friends, hence, uploading it to Slideshare. What I didn’t realize, or maybe in 2007 I just didn’t care about privacy enough, was that it was fully accessible to the public. 2016 me is a little embarrassed that 600+ odd people have seen these slides, since it was meant for a handful of friends. But I’m willing to share it because … why not. Maybe you liked 24 as much as I did.

Seeing this old Slideshare made me wonder about other things that still exist on the Internet, but are forgotten. I decided to take a look back, so here are a few things interesting things from the Internet past.

First stop was the Internet Archive because I like seeing how websites evolve over time. It’s interesting to see how different sites like Yahoo and Facebook looked ten years ago. Here is Salesforce’s first webpage from 1999:

And in 2012:

Getting closer to what we see today

Interestingly enough, I beat Salesforce to Twitter in 2009:

Timely since this year we have our 50th release. @Salesforce has since overtaken me in terms of tweet volume and followers.

Check out this trailer for Dreamforce from 2008 that was posted on Facebook. It was teasing Salesforce’s 5th Dreamforce event.

In non-Salesforce related things, Warner Brothers seems to corner the market on old movie sites from the original Space Jam website, to You’ve Got Mail, but there are a few other old movie sites still floating around. One of my favorites is the the Jurassic Park: the Lost World site from 1997. Part of their marketing campaign, the site is designed to look like the movie’s fictional company INGEN’s intranet.

Complete with HR, Marketing, Security and Dinosaur profiles

The O.J. Simpson trial is back in headlines again, but this time it’s because there’s a popular TV anthology airing right now called The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story. Want more info on the case? CNN still has the original trial hub from 1995 available online, complete with links to articles, trial transcripts, lists of evidence, and the complete list and bios of everyone involved. It’s terrific.

And just for fun, here is the web’s oldest, continuously operating webcam: the San Francisco Fogcam! Started as a student project, this webcam has been showing views of San Francisco State University since 1994.

So that’s my cautionary tale, folks. Remember: nothing ever goes away entirely on the Internet. Seriously, who is still paying hosting fees for the Dole/Kemp’96 website? Maybe next year I’ll find my old Geocities homepage.

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