If you’re old enough, like I am, you might remember the cartoon WABAC Machine from “The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show.” That was way before the Internet. Today, there’s an amazing, real Wayback Machine online. I recently spoke to the project’s director, Mark Graham.
The original WABAC Machine was a cartoon way for Mr. Peabody and Sherman to go back in time. The online Wayback Machine doesn’t exactly do *that*— but some ways, it’s almost as cool.
Sharyl: In simple terms, if you can, explain what the Wayback Machine is.
Mark Graham: The Wayback Machine is the history of the web. So it’s a service that for the last 21 years has been backing up large chunks of the public Web.
Sharyl: It enables people to do what?
Mark Graham: Oh, to go back in time. To be able to look at the content associated with web pages as it’s changed, as maybe those web pages have gone away. Maybe they’re not available anymore on the live Web….