Happy Web day - 25 websites for 25 years

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The Web's 25th anniversary: 25 websites from the past 25 years

It started as nothing more than a documentation management solution for academics. Twenty-five years later, the World Wide Web has evolved explosively, becoming a pillar of publishing, commerce, networking, communication -- you name it.

Here's a look at the state of 25 websites from the earliest days of the Web, many of which are still around today -- though you'd be hard-pressed to match most of them to what they have become. Sure, the early World Wide Web was designed for minimal bandwidth and basic browser functionality, but it's hard not to sense the excitement of invention that imbued the sites on display here.

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