Time Travel Is Possible with YouTube Time Machine

The next time you reminiscing with friends or family, you can use the YouTube Time Machine app to travel backwards in time.

As you can see by the promo video embedded above, the app lets you choose a year and play videos from that time period. It is a great way to find television commercial, sports videos or music videos from your childhood. Here’s the history of the site from Justin Johnson, the app’s co-creator:

So, it was a cold night in January … or maybe February … and myself and good friend Delbert Dean Shoopman III (who was in town from LA) went out with a group to a local watering hole here in Brooklyn (known as Alligator Lounge, where you get FREE PIZZA with every beer, wtf?!?). Following many a beer (and PIZZA!) I was regaling him with the tale of my previous night, in which I had been up very late watching Michael Jordan videos from 1996. It made me feel so awesome deep down inside … like it was Sunday afternoon, and I was 14, sipping on a milkshake and watching my fav team play. That Jordan-fest lurched into a 4 am search for Primal Rage videos, and countless other mid-90s stuff. I realized then, that it wasn’t specifically Jordan or Primal Rage videos I was searching for … it was 1996 … the feeling of being in 1996 …the intangibles of that year fascinated me, but getting bogged down in the specifics and having to make CHOICES eventually spoiled my quest. As I was lost, in the mists of time, Del broke me out of my ponderous silence and said “DUDE! THAT SHOULD BE A WEBSITE!!” I said “YES!” he said “YES!” – and then we probably high 5’ed.