People think the internet was made for sharing cat pictures, but this is WRONG. Ugh. So wrong. It's dogs that fuel the engine on which our beloved internet runs. Man's best friend has a hallowed place in net history, one masterfully memorialized at dogs.geocities.institute, a collection of pages devoted to dogs rescued from Geocities (the pages are rescued, not the dogs). The site's tagline: "On the Internet Everybody Knows You had a Dog."
Dogs.geocities.institute is curated by Olia Lialina, co-founder of Geocities Research Institute and proprietor of One Terabyte of Kilobyte Age, a Geocities memorial she established with fellow internet artist/researcher/teacher Dragan Espenschied after Geocities was shut down by Yahoo (this site is so great and fantastic, please check it out if you love old Geocities stuff; if you DON'T love old Geocities stuff just close this tab right now -- you don't deserve to see these amazing dog pics). Lialina created her all-dogs site to properly acknowledge dogs' place in the history of computing: For many people who wanted to learn to make a personal webpage but weren't sure what to make it about, their dog was a logical, best choice.
If you are a human with human friends, you have probably seen plenty of dog pics on Instagram, but Lialina sees a distinct difference between our yen to casually 'gram our pooches and the labor required to erect a Geocities temple to your canine. "To post a pic of a dog and [make] a website is a different scale of effort," Olia told me over email. "I can imagine that some of people in my collection actually learned HTML to introduce their dog to the world!"
Please enjoy these dog pages. If you do not, you probably cannot experience any joy in your life, and I am sorry.
WARNING: The page autoplays a heartbreaking midi version of "A Whiter Shade of Pale," so blast your speakers.
Katie Notopoulos is a senior editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York. Notopoulos writes about tech and internet culture is cohost of the Internet Explorer podcast.
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