The Escape

StudiVZ is Germany’s most popular social network for students. Michael Ruß created a service that builds 1990s-style amateur home pages from StudiVZ profile pages and weaves them together in a new old web that is a joy to surf through.

For those 1000 users, the WEB 1.0 PROJECT generated their first personal website out of their studiVZ profile. Using only their public profilenumber, it was possible to receive their private informations and pictures. However the maintainers of StudiVZ couldn’t see the artistic value and installed technical measurements blocking this incredibly useful piece of software on 3rd of July 2008. Users only had time to free around 1000 profiles from the database in the first few hours after going live. It’s a pity that the demand for a more colorful, personal web can again not be met. However, maybe Web 1.0 will inspire you to stop feeding social networks and create your own ones. All you need are some links to your friends’ pages. And stylish background images.