Dreaming in… Digital?

The overarching theme of this blog has been memories.  Memories of when you were a kid, memories of when you were young, memories of the things that made you glad.  But I want to talk about another variety of memories today, internet memories.  Do you remember some of the sites you used to visit back in the day?  Perhaps you remember ytmnd, which was down last time I checked it, or even, dare I say it, collegehumor.  Yes, we used to visit that all the time back in the day.  The reason I’m talking about these is twofold.

First, I recently learned of a website that actually performs a similar function.  Now, the website is called deepdiveduck.com.  The concept is simple, but the application is wise.  It takes a look at a site, any site you want, and notifies you any time changes are made to it.  Now, to be fair, I don’t know who will use this for reminiscing purposes, but I assume it fits into the subject of this blog.  So for example, say you’re looking at your competitors and you want to know when they do anything to their site.  This site will tell you.  Or maybe you’re monitoring presidential candidates and you want to know when they modify their website.  Done and done.  Srsly.  I think that’s really awesome.

The second reason I mention this is because this is fun.  Going through and looking at the sites you used to view when you were a kid is fun.  There were so many.  The internet has changed so much, not just the ads (THAT ARE EVERYWHERE) but just the way sites are laid out, they’re more… slightly… like remember when they were just html and everything was apparent and you didn’t have to scroll and wait for things to load and all of that?   I just mean, the picture of the internet has changed so much.  It used to be so different and I feel like the people who weren’t around when it was new kind of just picture it totally differently.  So it’s like, you go back and you see these pages you used to visit and it’s so different and you get that sensation of what it was like back in the day.  I don’t know how to describe it.  You probably know what I mean.  Or maybe not.  I’m just saying, I see what it used to be like and it’s not quite the same, and I don’t think it will ever get back what it had, but I guess it’s alright now.