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FreeRepublic: How it looked in 1996! 1997! 1998!
Internet WaybackMachine ^ | 10-25-01

Posted on 10/25/2001 1:17:35 PM PDT by cgk

Today marks the launch of the Internet Wayback Machine. An online historical archive of everything internet. More files than the Library of Congress, who also funded the feat, along with Smithsonian and others... find your old home pages, if you can! Look up deceased dot-coms!


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Fellow FReepers - check out how our beloved FR has changed! I've included the oldest link available, from 1996, to its front page then. Remember Ken Starr deciding Vince Foster's death a suicide? Who doesn't? Read what was happening back then, here:

Free Republic: December 1996

If you want to see more archived FR pages, simply go to:

<A HREF="http://web.archive.org>Internet Wayback Machine</A> <p> and search by ENTIRE URL. (http://etc.......) You cannot search by text. <p> You can even take a gander at how the old Clinton/Gore www.whitehouse.gov website looked! (yikes!) <p> enjoy! <p> Mrs Kus

1 posted on 10/25/2001 1:17:36 PM PDT by cgk
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To: cgk
Thanks for this piece of information. FR looked grim in 1996 - - -but I liked the category "Scandals."
2 posted on 10/25/2001 1:25:30 PM PDT by stanz
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To: cgk
Egad, formatting flop.

Here is that source link, to search for any old web site they may have:

Internet Wayback Machine

Sorry about that. Don't know how I missed it in the preview.

Mrs Kus

3 posted on 10/25/2001 1:28:47 PM PDT by cgk
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To: cgk
Too cool BUMP!
4 posted on 10/25/2001 1:36:42 PM PDT by Constitution Day
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To: cgk
cool bump ... eeek, my old sites look so lame!
5 posted on 10/25/2001 1:48:09 PM PDT by fnord
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To: cgk
Any statistics on membership growth over this time period?
6 posted on 10/25/2001 1:53:13 PM PDT by StonyMan451
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To: fnord
The funniest thing I saw from 1996 on FR was a link to CNN.
7 posted on 10/25/2001 1:55:31 PM PDT by My Favorite Headache
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To: cgk
Oh no! Black background --can you believe some sites still use this clunker?
8 posted on 10/25/2001 1:56:12 PM PDT by Havisham
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To: cgk
Cool.
9 posted on 10/25/2001 1:58:17 PM PDT by Catie
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To: Catie
Bump for later!
10 posted on 10/25/2001 2:22:20 PM PDT by cksharks
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To: cgk
Darn glad FR got rid of the frames.
11 posted on 10/25/2001 2:38:44 PM PDT by gogov
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To: cksharks
bump for later
12 posted on 10/25/2001 2:41:53 PM PDT by Focault's Pendulum
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To: Focault's Pendulum
Were you logged in back in 1996?
13 posted on 10/25/2001 2:45:35 PM PDT by NittanyLion
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To: cgk
A Free Republic

If you believe that our nation has been drifting away from Abraham Lincoln's "government of the people", or that our government has deserted our Founding Fathers' vision of a Free Republic as set forth in the Constitution, or that our government has mushroomed completely out of control, or that the so-called free press has been "protecting" us from the ugly truth -- read on.

On these pages we hope to bring you news of the nation not only from the mainstream media, but also from lesser known sources - small papers, newsletters, talk shows, government publications, online websites, and gasp, even from conspiracy theorists (sometimes there really are fires beneath all that smoke).


Notice the part in bold from the old mission statement.
14 posted on 10/25/2001 3:56:40 PM PDT by Revel
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To: stanz
The real FR archieves list(With previews) is still available at FR. But the articles themselfs are offline due to the lawsuit.

Click Here

15 posted on 10/25/2001 3:59:37 PM PDT by Revel
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To: Havisham; fnord; AbeLincoln; Jim Robinson
Our old dotcom was there, too. Black background and all. Isn't nostalgia great? Especially when it makes you queasy.

And, that's an excellent question Abe... Anyone else have any ideas about membership growth? I'd be curious to see it.

Mrs Kus

16 posted on 10/25/2001 4:38:50 PM PDT by cgk
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The number of members is a difficult number to arrive at. We do not have membership dues, so do not have an actual membership list. All we have is our registration file. Since we do not mail to or query our registered posters, there is no way we can know how many of the people who have registered over the years are still members. Many people sign up and make only one or a few posts and never come back. Many sign up and never post at all. Some get banned or leave for other reasons, some have died, and some are duplicate accounts for the same user (this practice is frowned upon, by the way). There are also tens of thousands of people who are regular readers, but have never signed up as posting members. The only practical number that we have available is the number of sign-ups, and this number could probably be divided by half to get an approximate number of members. We started our forum with just a few dozen posters early in 1997 and by the end of that year had over a thousand. By the end of 1998 we had over 15,000 signed up. The number was close to 30,000 by the end of 1999, over 50,000 by December 31, 2001 and over 70,000 now.
17 posted on 10/25/2001 5:12:12 PM PDT by Jim Robinson
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To: Jim Robinson; AbeLincoln
Wow. All those numbers makes one feel slightly humbled.

Thanks for the quick response! And for your excellent site.

Mrs Kus

18 posted on 10/25/2001 5:19:38 PM PDT by cgk
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To: cgk
The wayback machine does not go way back enough for my first internet business. In retrospect I was a real trend setter (sigh).

Anyone rememebr seeing www.bodem.com? (don't bother looking up that url now) (sigh).

19 posted on 10/25/2001 5:23:35 PM PDT by lafroste
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To: cgk
Today is also St. Crispin's Day
20 posted on 10/25/2001 5:31:10 PM PDT by MadelineZapeezda
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