It started out at an old Watering hole in Brooklyn, two retro video clip enthusiasts Justin Johnson and Delbert Shoopman III were talking about their favorite YouTube clips that brought back fond memories from their childhoods in the 90’s.
The only thing keeping the two friends from swimming in endless nostalgic bliss was the amount of work it took to find all of these clips and to try to have some sense of timeline in check while browsing.
It was over some beer and pizza that the idea finally clicked, someone needs to make a website to keep all of these nostalgic nuggets in some sort of linear fashion, where people can pick their favorite year, lean back and regress-out into the past.
They drew out some conceptual art and ideas on a napkin, and after adding / organizing 4,000 videos they launched YTTM.tv (Formerly YouTube Time Machine and changing their name to ‘Video Time Machine’ for obvious copyright reasons). In just 4 days the site gathered over 100, 000 visitors and over 1 Million page views.
The interface of the site allows you to switch a slider on or off for different categories such as Video Games, Television, Commercials, Current Events, Sports, Movies and Music. After you have selected witch switches to turn on you can click anywhere on the time machine to be blasted to the past. If you continuously click on the time machine for the same year it will scroll through random clips from the selected year.
They also have an iOS App for your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch:
Need to catch up on over 200 years of American political history before voting? Well, you’re going to have to settle for approximately 100 years with this App, ‘Political Time Machine’: