Internet Archive launches wayback machine: free service enables users to access archived versions of Web sites dating from 1996. The Internet Archive launched the Wayback Machine, a free service allowing people to access and use archived versions of past web pages. For the first time, all members of the public will be able to search and view the Internet Archive''s enormous collection of web sites, dating back to 1996 and comprising over 10 billion web pages. [Full Announcement].
OCLC Researchers measure the World Wide Web. In their annual review of the World Wide Web, researchers at OCLC have determined that the Web now contains about 7 million unique sites; that the public Web--sites that offer content that is freely accessible by the general public--constitutes about 40 percent of the total Web; and that the Web continues to expand at a rapid pace, but its rate of growth is diminishing over time. [Full Announcement].