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First screenshot of dA by matteo First screenshot of dA by matteo
This was a screenshot I took on August 15, 2000. 8 days after the launch of the site. Pretty crazy.

Also, that IS Netscape that I'm using. What a n00b.
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LewisCowles1986 Featured By Owner May 30, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
I'm showing my wife what I used to visit on the web, wastedyouth.org, deviantart.com, this is a real trip, it's amazing to see how far everything has come!
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DaFaiz Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
nostalgia! ='D haaalp...
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Bl00dOnTheDanceFloor Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2013
O_O HOLY SHIT
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grikomsn Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Wow, Y2K. :wow:
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orbitol Featured By Owner May 12, 2012  Professional General Artist
I started using DA for wallpapers in 01 joined a few years later. Man has it grown
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misty-and-ash-4ever Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
oh wow I was about 2 years old here, nice
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dreamhome Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2012  Student Digital Artist
slipknot. nice :D
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matteo Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
Haha. Just noticed that. Awesome.
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dreamhome Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2012  Student Digital Artist
i'd say your taste hasn't changed since? :D
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valiente77 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
wowI was 4
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blackzer0 Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2011
Thanks for posting this :)
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Dead-Deviant Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2011
I was 5 when deviantART first launched. I discovered the site in 2001 or 2002 but joined when I turned 13. Memories~
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NovaUna Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2011
oh wow. That screenshot brings back memories. American online, netscape, winamp, old school windows 98 *i'm guessing*

*siiigh* the good ol days.
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evilsyndicatemember Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2011  Professional Artist
I can't believe the reason I first happened upon this site was when I was eleven years old and all because of Neopets. :slow: I remember spamming the shoutbox which was on the front page. But I forgot my username and password and didn't log back in until this account. Hahaha.
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RoxyPaw Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That was DeviantART, 11 years ago? Oh my... For some reason, I feel that I have seen it before.. Also a long time ago.
Pffft, I'm just glad that I am on DeviantArt now. ^^
It has been the best site ever. And hopefully it will always be the best site ever :iconpancakeglompplz:
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LavenderGlaceon Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Woah.Are you in a chatroom there? x3 'cuz it looks like it.OMG even the msn thing looks diffrent!
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Uvia456 Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Wow, when it first launched....... D: amazing
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Benin6man Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2011
Do you have all the screen shots of DA throughout it's lifespan?

I think I've been to DA before years ago. And I remember it looking very different. One thing I remember the most is DA being much darker shade of green.

Thanx.
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matteo Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2011  Professional Interface Designer
I personally do not, but I know there are alot on deviantART. Perhaps, try looking at archive.org
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just-a-user Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2011
wow 2000? I was in the army back then.. ah windows 98 and good old memories lol! I think wastedyouth irc server is gone?
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matteo Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2011  Professional Interface Designer
ha. yea, been gone for a long time.
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shelly Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2011
Holy crap. I remember that layout! *shows her dA age a bit*
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Intro71292 Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2011  Hobbyist
I joined year ago.
Windows 98.:love:. I didn't used it ages.:D
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geowulf Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2011
Awesome!
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twotoro Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2011  Professional Filmographer
I joined about one year later. It was a great fun although completely different experience than nowadays. Maybe better, maybe worse. You always lose something when you and your projects grow up.

Nostalgia. eh...
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I-Like-Cheeeeeeeeese Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wow, that is really cool.
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produkt Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2011  Professional Artist
that sure does bring me back
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SallyDaVE Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2011
I was like 4 or 5? O.O
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Snowy-Ninja Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2011  Professional General Artist
Awww.... i don't think i even bothered with the internet back then (was 7) nope... its so strange to see such an old desktop and DA...
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phlezk Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2011
Netscape! ICQ! and I totally had that Winamp skin! Good times...
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janey-in-a-bottle Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
first time I "stumbled" across dA was around 2004/2005... so I never got to see the early design(s).
now I kinda wish I could explore the first design a bit, just to see the how far it has come since then. :)
and I'm terrribly curious about the HTML coding from back then. :D
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matteo Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2011  Professional Interface Designer
deviantART was one of the first sites to have a tableless layout. We have always been, technologically, ahead of our time. :)
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phoenixleo Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2011
Wow! That looks so oold..unlike you :lol:
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mongi Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome :)
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mongi Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome :)
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Anante Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I kinda miss that darker color scheme that I first encountered in 2004. I forgot how the pages used to be less green. :wow:
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Treetail Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
the beginning of an era XD
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AMELIEwolf43 Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:matteo::3
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LynMimiChan Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2011  Student General Artist
looks so old
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LynMimiChan Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2011  Student General Artist
looks so old
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trippinxtremezebra Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2011  Student Filmographer
lets see... 2000.... I was 6 back then... I didnt even have a computer back then! ah the good old days.... I feel like whipping out some old gaming or sketchbooks now.
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John-Boyer Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Wow. I had never seen the original DeviantART! This is awesome. :nuu:
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ekud Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
I remember when my desktop looked a lot like that. The little ICQ flowers are legitimately making me nostalgic.
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matteo Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2011  Professional Interface Designer
Ha. I know the feeling. I heard the "new message" sound a while ago on a cell phone and freaked out.

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ekud Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Oh, I forgot about that... its 98 all over again!
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space Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
nice flashback matteo :)
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dnlhern6 Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
For some reason, even though I joined when this site was in v6, this makes me wanna see how DA was back then.

Fav'd, since I really love stuff like this.
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LaurenKitsune Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
AAAH, YOU'RE SO LITTLE!
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matteo Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2011  Professional Interface Designer
Haha. 18-year-old matteo was such a n00b. We all were, though. :)
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JimField Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2011
Netscape lolz and Winamp those were the days, still fire it up occasionally for the uber that is Milkdrop :D
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