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1998 Web design

Lately Active Rain has undergone a bit of a design change. Personally, I like it. The States/Provinces page where the agents are ranked looks fresh and new, like it belongs in 2010. Frankly, the old design looked a bit  2008ish. It's strange how that works. I didn't think anything was wrong with the old layout until I saw the new one. Suddenly I realized (after the fact) that it was time for a change. Thanks AR.

Do you remember what the internet looked like in 1998? At the time it was fresh, new, exciting and I was filled with wonder. Amazing....., look at that script scrolling across my computer screen. How do these geniuses make it do that? A dancing, flashing dog at the bottom of my screen? Holy Moly, we are at the zenith of human achievement. 

It's kind of funny now, because the things that were so new and wonderful at the time are laughably outdated just a few short years later.


Do you feel like a bit of a giggle?  You can go to this website called The Geocitie-izer, and type in the URL of your website (or any other website for that matter), and it will take you to an image of what your current day website would have looked like in 1998 (as a Geo-cities site). As the flashy scrolling bar on the introduction page notes, it makes it look as if your site was designed by a 13 year old in 1996.

We've come a long way baby.

Comment balloon 15 commentsMalcolm Johnston • July 22 2010 04:16PM


I was a little shocked at first when I saw the changes. But after about an hour of lurking, it really grew on me. Thanks AR. Thanks Malcolm for the post. Woody

Posted by Woody Willis (Century 21 American Properties West) almost 10 years ago

Malcolm- I just went there, typed in my site, and well let me just say my avatar looked much better than I could ever imagine.  My site had lots of bubbles and sparkly diamonds.  Fun! Thanks for this.

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) almost 10 years ago

Unicorns are running across my site Malcolm! LOL

Posted by Janice Ankrett, Staging Professional (Janice Ankrett Home Staging) almost 10 years ago

Hey Malcolm,

Regarding your post...What a great example... and I agree, I like the changes to AR. Which brings me to my own website, and the need to bring it out of 2008, into AR standards.

I had an opportunity to read your profile... Such a great personal story, and so very different than most I've read. Very well done.


Posted by Sergio DePinto (Royal LePage Maximum Realty.,Brokerage - Greater Toronto Area) almost 10 years ago

Malcolm. I welcome change and as your blog proved, change can be good


Posted by Ty Lacroix (Envelope Real Estate Brokerage Inc) almost 10 years ago

Hey Malcolm you are so right, its funny how everything looks fine, until...........you see the new and improved version!! Thank for the laughs and walk down memory lane...can we call 1998 memory lane???? LOL!

Posted by Al & Peggy Cunningham, Brokers, Our Family Wants To Help Your Family! (RE/MAX West Realty Inc., Brokerage) almost 10 years ago


I agree with you but my picture dissapperaed, so that's not really too good.


Posted by Brian Madigan, LL.B., Broker (RE/MAX West Realty Inc., Brokerage (Toronto)) almost 10 years ago

Hi Malcolm - I tried it on a couple of websites and it is pretty funny, dancing baby and all! Thanks for sharing this fun site!

Posted by Susan Neal, Fair Oaks CA & Sacramento Area Real Estate Broker (RE/MAX Gold, Fair Oaks) almost 10 years ago

That was fun!  We sure have come a long way!

Posted by Maya Thomas, Broker, Please see my client recommendations. almost 10 years ago

Woody Willis (Century 21 American Properties West) Hi Woody, it grew on me too.

Kathy Streib, ASP,IAHSP,RESA, DelrayBch -South Florida - 561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) Kathy, I think sparkly diamonds would be appropriate for your site.

Janice Ankrett ASP (Janice Ankrett Home Staging) Just as long as they don't leave any unicorn droppings behind Janice.

Sergio DePinto (Re/Max Premier Inc. - Greater Toronto Area) Thanks very much Sergio. I did heck your websirte and it looks pretty updated to me.

Envelope Real Estate Brokerage Inc Change is good Ty, but I prefer a holiday.

Al and Peggy Cunningham, Brokers Voted Best Real Estate People Brampton (RE/MAX Realty Services Inc. Buying or Selling)Hmmm, I guess 1998 is in memory lane now. Remember Y2K?

Brian Madigan LL.B. (Royal LePage Innovators Realty, Broker) I think you need a higher definition picture Brian. I have noticed a lot of pics have gone missing.

Susan Neal, Fair Oaks CA Real Estate Broker (Century 21 Noel David Realty) Haha, I actually remember that gif. graphic of the baby from back then. It used to be pretty hi-tech.

Maya Thomas (Sellstate Island Properties)Thanks Maya, yes we have.

Posted by Malcolm Johnston, Trenton Real Estate (Century 21 Lanthorn Real Estate LTD., Trenton, Ontario) almost 10 years ago

I was using Netscape 1.0 way back then. I remember my brother and I playing around with HTML. We thought it was cool to use the <marquee> tag... Later on that tag got deprecated and W3C doesn't recommend using it in any HTML documents. Oh the good ol days!

<marquee> this is a test </marquee>


Posted by Warren & Melanie McNeil, Team McNeil (Re/Max Twin City Realty Inc, Kitchener-Waterloo ON) almost 10 years ago

I guess it didn't work :)

Posted by Warren & Melanie McNeil, Team McNeil (Re/Max Twin City Realty Inc, Kitchener-Waterloo ON) almost 10 years ago

Has it been 20 years already?  Seems like those blinking sites were just created a couple of years ago!  Fun stuff.

Posted by Kathryn Acciari, Brand Ambassador and Business Coach (Century 21 Real Estate) almost 10 years ago

Warren & Melanie McNeil - Team McNeil (Re/Max Twin City Realty Inc, Kitchener-Waterloo ON) I tried doing a marquee on one of my blog posts too Warren and Melanie, I think most html codes have been disabled on AR.

Sturbridge MA Real Estate Kathryn Acciari - REALTOR - Residential (RE/MAX Professional Associates, Sturbridge) Kathryn, it's getting close to 20 years now. It doesn't seem that long ago.

Posted by Malcolm Johnston, Trenton Real Estate (Century 21 Lanthorn Real Estate LTD., Trenton, Ontario) almost 10 years ago
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