Have you ever found yourself wondering in the course of your organization’s forward progress, “What did we look like 5, 10, 15 years ago? How have we changed? And why can’t I remember any of this?” If you can sympathize, rest assured that you are in very good company, and that The Internet Archive is one step ahead of you. They have set up what they call their ‘Way Back Machine,’ an online application that allows you to search a website and view snapshots of its past iterations in all of their former glory.
While it certainly serves a purpose as a quirky gadget for the curious masses, this could prove to be a very useful tool for any organization seeking, for example, to collect data from the past, to put together a presentation or report about the organization’s progress, or to retrieve information that might otherwise be lost. The archive has also curated video, live music, and text sources free for perusal.
We suggest you type www.bostonbar.org into the Way Back Machine and check out what the BBA’s webpage looked like in December of 1996, a full 17 years ago…not quite the sleek look it boasts today, but definitely a first step in navigating the “information highway” – speaking of a throwback!