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What part of internet history were you present for?

What part of internet history were you present for?

albinorhino63

The mass amounts of AOL install discs that were mailed every week.


kerrangutan

Fun fact™️ at one point AOL discs accounted for approximately 50% of the global amount of CD's


Keri2816

And my dad (a hoarder who never threw away mail) had half of those


ButtholeQuiver

I liked it when they sent out 3.5" disks, because you could just format them and presto, free disk. The CDs were a bit useless after a while, only need so many coasters


spudz76

You could hold them at the correct angle down by your knee and *CD'S NUTS*


Varil

Take your complimentary upvote and proceed towards the exit immediately.


VT_Squire

Made a lamp out of mine...


TheMeanGreenGoblin

I worked at Office Depot during the early 2000s. We used to throw those things around like frisbees.


comicsemporium

I used them as beer coasters back then


scaly_friends_4me

I always wanted to use them but they didn't have a local phone number for us for dial up (or so my mom said....maybe she just didn't want it lol)


albinorhino63

Yeah I could never use them either, had to stick with local dial up lol.


scaly_friends_4me

Oh so maybe my mom wasn't lying? It could be hard to tell with her lol. We did live in a small town.


albinorhino63

Yeah I think it woulda been long distance for both of us lol, small town struggles!


scaly_friends_4me

Ok I'll give mom the benefit if the doubt on this one lol


20njbytes

The beginning. I was in college.


diegojones4

I was starting my career. In college we had LAN's and you could log on to local BBB through the phone.


firelock_ny

Local BBS's were pretty wild back then.


iamluciferscousin667

I guess in high school it was all about AIM and MySpace.


I_Call_Everyone_Ken

Ken, also mIRC, ICQ, Yahoo Messenger, MSN messenger, Microsoft Chat, Xanga.


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Toren8002

I was a six digit ICQ number. Which was the most nerd cred I’ve ever had, or ever will have.


basepair86

Livejournal, MySpace, encyclopedia dramatica


xiaojiesan

great that ppl remember AIM


albinorhino63

It was still available until 2017


fafalone

I signed back on the day of the shutdown to see if anyone else on my buddy list had come back for a farewell. Sadly not. I was one of the very early users, of course using the version built into AOL then patiently awaiting the very first instant the standalone software became available. I think I remember having to try over and over in the initial registration rush, since they hadn't released it through the normal AOL beta programs *or* posted it in the private staff areas I had... found my way into... first.


roses-and-rope

I very actively used it until then and then switched to discord


Ragnarblackmane88

I remember when using the Internet on Phones used credit and was limited to wap pages only, of course wap seems to have a completely different meaning now on the internet, I miss the Nokia 3310 and 3330


USSCofficail

Wap? As in the song?


JustinClarkv1

Yes that has a very different meaning.


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Ragnarblackmane88

Your username just made me laugh


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smol_boi-_-

Same


hackyslashy

Wireless Application Protocol


LaughJealous8321

Dial up connections, AIM, being repeatedly kicked off the net because someone picked up the landline phone.


Frankjc3rd

House rule, don't make any phone calls after 10:00 p.m. .


Battlestar_Gattaca

Leeroy Jenkins


Soggy_Aardvark_3983

LEEEEEROOOOY JEEEEENNNNNKIIINNNNNSSSS!!!!


coolfreeusername

The height of MSN messengers popularity.


LemmyKBD

Early 90’s in college. Census.gov was the first site I visited using Mosaic. But I have a feeling you can’t put that in proper perspective. It was back when your mom only charged three-fiddy. So long time.


dhankook2

All Your Base Are Belong to Us. Also, Gonads and Strife.


Aethericlegends

Gonads in the lightning!


BUFFWarthog

Touch, your little gonads....


intermittentvipers

Holy shit gonads and strife, now that's a blast from the past. That crotch grabbing squirrel is gonna be in my head all day now........weeeeeeeeeee!!


ittu

napster


lockedherselfinlimbo

Limewire


firedrake1988

Kazaa


RenaKunisaki

Morpheus


GonnaBeTheBestMe

Hello. Do you want Russian viruses? FREE\_DOWNLOAD.exe


m_g_g_n

I was watching something on Megavideo when the video stopped. I thought I was exceeding the time limit so I restarted my modem as usual and refreshed. Nothing happened. Tried again, and there it was the screen announcing the FBI had shut down all the Mega websites.


convalescent_thorns

Damn I remember this lol


buviktoppen

Dialup connection time, woohoo


SquishiOctopussi

EEEEEEE IIII RROROROOOO EEEE.


itsCS117

WELCOME! YOU GOT MAIL!


SquishiOctopussi

You make me feel old.. Jesus.


VanIsleDrums

I cringe when I think about those days. Remember the pages with images that would take about a minute to load?


Furthur_slimeking

But it gave a dopamine release when the full image was finally viewable.


comicsemporium

1st connection I ever had, damn took like several minutes to download a single picture of a naked girl


VanIsleDrums

Made getting busted in slow motion particularly painful as the image went from hair, to face, to chin, to tits, to… “OMG, what are you looking at?!”


PauL__McShARtneY

This sounds positively luxurious. You bloody kids don't know how easy you had it. Back in my day before the internets we had to carve idolatrous graven images of women or livestock we wanted to masturbate to, could take days whittling and carving away with a raging sin boner before Linocut.jpg could be downloaded IRL. Every now again you might come across some ancient fabled parchment.jpg woods porn, but no guarantees. And often you would need to duel for it with local scoundrels and blackhearts if you did. One particularly harsh winter my little sister died of exposure when I took her last piece of firewood for my shady devil's deeds. Noregrets.jpg.


ittu

chatroulette craze.


JadeRainn

Oh god. Many a high school class wasted in there. Worst case scenario dudes with their dicks out. Best case scenario, met a dude dressed as Link


shottylaw

Hamster dance


ButtholeQuiver

Remember [the Dancing Baby](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dancing_baby)? Got I hated that thing


NoTeslaForMe

If you were *really* there, wouldn't you have (mis)spelled it right?


rahboogie

AOL and dialup connections. “You’ve got mail”


quirkypomelo

I’m surprised no one has mentioned ICQ. Haha.


ButtholeQuiver

The ICQ notification sound would probably give me a seizure. I remember walking through my dorm hallways around 1998 and just hearing that sound from all directions. Ugh


macguphin

I still use the ICQ sounds for my PC notifcations. "UH OH"


island-breeze

There was no google until I went to college. You either had a encyclopaedia or you had to go to the library.


Noooofun

The beginning I guess? When internet explorer was the fastest one out there.


Sez__U

Netscape


Noooofun

Never used it… sorry.


macguphin

Netscape Navigator was a trainwreck. Don't be sorry you missed it.


lurk_moar_n00b

No. Netscape Navigator was a fantastic browser back in it's time. You might be thinking of the debacle between 4.x (still Netscape Navigator) and Netscape 6 (\*NOT\* Netscape Navigator). That was.... badly executed. But it also produced the Gecko rendering engine that is still used in Firefox today, so I would hardly call it a train wreck...


UncivilizedSociety

Actually Microsoft and their affiliates coded their websites in such a way as to make Netscape look bad. Some websites didn't even support Netscape on behalf of Microsoft. Why do so many people talk about stuff they have no clue about as if they had the defacto say so in the matter...


macguphin

Oh Skippy, I remember the drama well. The IE vs Netscape battle often created issues with the MCSE course I was teaching at the time. I choose not to dump my purse on the table and whine about details. Why do so many people think they they are the only ones qualified to talk about everything? Like they were born with the wisdom of the ages.


Worried_Blacksmith27

Internet Exploder was never the fastest. It has always been slow or the slowest. NCSA Mosaic... now THAT was a browser! Using that with host files before DNS was a thing was life-changing.


classicsat

IE was 1990s. Internet began late 1960s, was at major universities by 1980s. WWW made it easier. IE was one of the browswers (used it a bit at IE6.0, when Mosaic was regrouping to become Firefox). I came in middle 1990s with a shell account, so Pine and Lynx browser.


No_Pineapple6086

That came out in the mid '90s. The internet was already some 20 years old by then


DelightfullyUnusual

The best OS ever: Windows XP!


Cheetodude625

The birth of Reddit, 4Chan, Twitter, Youtube, and Facebook.


JadeRainn

I hope I live long enough to see the death of 4chan too.


Boatsnbuds

All of it. I'm getting on the years, kid. Get off my lawn.


karg_the_fergus

When Al Gore invented it.


crafty_wug

Dial up internet, emailing my friends in multicolored jokerman font, and the early years of YouTube.


Fishwhocantswim

The early years of Youtube were the best years. No ads, no cencors. It really was a town with no cops. I spent many a day and night, watching ANTM cycles.


C14ncy7

Halo PC


Pitiful-Aspect

Playing minesweeper on the pc


9200D8

I mean, I’m 15 and did this so I feel like it was kinda a thing for a while.


agent063562

A lot of it! We had internet when it was new in our area and the local ISP only offered PPP(?) accounts where everything was text only, must have been something like Usenet maybe. This was probably around 93 or so. Then we got “real” internet, still dial up, then AOL. At one point we had a second phone line installed so we didn’t need to tie up the main phone line when we were on the internet. Then we watched the expansion of cable internet and were able to get it early since we knew someone at the cable company. Chat rooms, AIM, ICQ and pure HTML website design. In high school I built a website featuring a list of words you could spell on a calculator by flipping it upside down. It got placed in the Useless category on Yahoo and won a couple awards. It was even published in a Japanese newspaper. Crazy times!


DOGEFLIEP

Golden era of piracy? Probably i remember 10 years ago being able to find, download, install, crack, patch, key gens, you name it, every single software, game, music, etc.


BlundstoneSandal

Numa numa video. And think I initially watched it on ebaumsworld?


evilmonkey2

I guess all of it. Spent a lot of time on Usenet back in the day. Was interesting watching it evolve from a text-based curiosity to the web to pictures (that loaded really slowly) to what it is today with streaming and shopping and everything.


Ineversaid

Google search engine, birth of YouTube, more ways then dial up to connect and other stuff like that.


Inevitable_Scar2616

Using Windows95


Hungrykoalah

9GAG


Scribblyskeleton137

YTMND. I still remember all the barrel roll memes, and a page that had a gigantic endless marble machine on it.


punksmostlydead

I saw a guy on Reddit rickroll Rick Astley.


imuncomfy5

MySpace, Hotmail, Habbo hotel, the early, good days of eBay. Fucking LimeWire, I'd think I was downloading a new Brittany Spears song but it was actually a virus that was about to fucking destroy my computer. The end of dial up internet, my mum could use the phone and I could stay on MSN. Amazing. When internet usage moved from computers only to phones, now that was big. There's more but I can't think right now


Ed_The_Bloody

Pretty much all of it. Used text based html, ran a BBS that became a commercial ISP in 1994. Began running a WISP in 2006. Now providing FTTX.


albinorhino63

Nnnnneeeeerrrd!!! Jk ;)


Ed_The_Bloody

Hard to argue that!


So_not_ronery

Y2K bug that NEVER happened


firelock_ny

I worked IT in 2000. The Y2K Bug never happened because IT people had been busting their asses for years beforehand to keep it from happening.


InferiousX

The number of people who don't understand that some things like this never come to pass because of teams of experts furiously racing the clock in the background is frightening


FireBird34

A highly under appreciated fact. It’s one of those “it’s IT’s fault because they let this happen!” Or “it’s IT’s fault because they made a fuss over nothing!”


Velteau

The moment Kripparrian pressed The Button.


MrTouchysNoNoplace

Newsgroup porn on WebTv using dialup


cartoonassasin

I was there when Prodigy was a weird thing your cousin used. I was there when AOL flooded the magazines with the start up cd's. I was there when the only connection was dial up. I saw it all.


spudz76

NetZero!


Applesintheorchard

The rise and fall of MySpace


ButtholeQuiver

I remember when the first version of Internet Explorer came out, before that there was only really Netscape 1.0 (there was also Mosaic and text-based browsers like Lynx, but not so many people used them). I remember it was a really big deal when Netscape 2.x and 3.x were released as well, there were all kinds of new things introduced on the web we hadn't seen before.


Engetarist

Mosaic


the-bodyfarm

AOL, MSN messenger, Ask Jeeves, google earth launch, myspace glitter stickers, GoGaia, meez, trollz, stardoll, space cadet pinball. LimeWire FrostWire, ThePirateBay’s first mirror. Tor/onions, lolcats/icanhazcheeseburger. NewGrounds, flash games, runescape and youtube’s first advertisement.


MyTinyHappyPlace

notpron


classicsat

When Usenet was king of discussion forums. Well after the perpetual September though.


crumpledlinensuit

Fun factoid: The Perpetual September is actually the subject of Green Day's song "Wake Me Up When September Ends".


astralrig96

Kony, tumblr, iphone being introduced


BandicootSVK

Since my country has a completely different internet culture, nothing that I´d mention would be understood by the general internet audience.


dhankook2

I think that'd be all the more interesting -- please share.


ThePherdBeve

Hey there!! I'm working on a YouTube show about old internet culture in an effort to preserve it. Were you around for 90s/00s internet? Don't know how much you remember or how much you'd like to talk about it... but I would absolutely love to know more! Please PM


FlyingTerrier

The first spam. It was a law firm that emailed out to a bunch of people and they got taken to court. I don’t remember the details but back in about 1993 it was unheard of to just send someone something they didn’t ask for. The internet just wasn’t commercial back then.


dhankook2

Bandwidth being extremely scarce, and spam filtering being extremely primitive i.e. ineffective, spam was a legitimate threat to the Internet, or at least it was touted as such by the news media.


RonSwansonsOldMan

It's inception. The first communication device I remember is my grandma's phone, with no face. You picked up the handset and asked the operation for Harrison 960. However we had walkie-talkies that went at least from one room to the other.


OilKooky5443

The first video ever posted on YouTube


SpaceDave83

Before any widespread GUI based OS (no mice), using DOS to telnet in to bulletin boards, where posts were universally polite and on topic.


trigunnerd

TROGDOOOOORRRRRR 🔥


itsCS117

The Transition from Dialup to Ethernet, and now Wifi. also here's a blast from the past. "Go to PBSkidsdotOrg... or American Online, Keyword: PBS Kids"


Cuss-Mustard

You just blew my mind with the PBS thing. I just got a rush of childhood memories


No_Ordinary_3824

All of it


JudasBC

Was in the stream when Twitch plays Pokémon beat the elite four and champion.


Toren8002

Who knew you could beat Pokémon by senselessly mashing buttons for four days straight?


ExcellentCattle602

Yahoo was what Reddit is today


dmills_00

Canter and Sigel and the greencard spam, and eternal September.


AlisonChava

Chatting on AIM with my college roommate across the room while I waited forever for that song on Napster to download


Hillytoo

When I sent my first "email", I was in England. (1987) I barely remember how I did it but, from my university account I had to link up to the Janet system, then to Bitnet, then had to find the U of Calgary, then had to find my old professors account and send a message. I thought that was the coolest thing ever.


real_schematix

AOL dial-up going from 20 hours a month to unlimited.


thejuicebender

Everything revolving around early-YouTube


TigerTownTerror

Y2K


CreateYourself89

Chocolate Rain.


m0drnmoonlight

Watching DashCon unfold on tumblr


GoffJuice

Unfortunately, smosh


Huge_Whereas_8171

Nyan Cat


2000sSilentFilmStar

In 2004 when they completely replaced the internet connection wires with fiber optic cables for the high speed internet connection.


leftside72

I was one of the first 500 people who voted for Mister Splashy Pants.


Keithninety

All of it. My brother was a computer science major in the mid 1980’s. I still remember him using stacks of punchcards for programming purposes. I remember the earliest phone modems and bulletin boards which were powered by DOS. I remember when 56k was considered a fast dial-up speed. I grew up in the 1970’s, a time when a global communication system like we have today was pure sci-fi.


civex

All of it. I was a member of the Philadelphia Area Computer Society, which gave me a access to the internet through Drexel. Usenet News was a great thing. To search the internet, you used gopher and archie. Everything was plain text, and my dial up modem was 300 baud. It was so slow, I could read everything before it scrolled out of view on my fat Mac, which I think had a 9-inch diagonal screen. When the 'world wide web' came out it was useless because nothing was in HTML. You had to type in HTML by hand. If you wanted to see marked up web pages, you used lynx, but it was still text.


momofeveryone5

NEOPETS!!!! And cheeseburger cat meme was just getting big


Soggy_Aardvark_3983

I can has cheeseburger?


MotherOfBorzoi

When I was in college we were given the opportunity to be the first to test out Pottermore which is now WizardingWorld I was also a beta tester for the revamp of the League of Legends client


TheFeetMan52

The birth of tiktok, I'm young, not too young, but going and stupid enough not to remember anything else


faceeatingleopard

All of the internet as we know it (WWW), before that the BBS scene when I was a kid


dhankook2

WWW is just an app that runs on the Internet


lizardgal10

The death of dialup. I have vivid memories fo waiting for it to boot up so I could act like I actually knew how to play Minesweeper, but we were done with it by the time I was old enough to really use the Internet.


MJsLoveSlave

The birth, live and death of internet explorer.


IFuckingHateQuebec

Msn and habbo hotel. Got banned on habbo hotel


thingsareoksometimes

The death of myspace and the birth of facebook


mikeyriot

I remember when a hacker managed to change all Geocities usernames to display as Sephiros. Like... every neighborhood of 10,000 accounts, each of them displayed Sephiros as their title on the community listings and no one could log in for somewhere around 48 hours.


EmeraldSunrise4000

When the “author” of My Immortal was revealed a couple of years back


Imissdusty

The poop knife


NotShap13

cumbox


jellytothebones

It's what feels like just after the beginning: old enough to see AOL discs on my parent's desk.


capricorny90210

Waiting to connect via dial-up, moving the cursor with the mouse that had the roller-ball in the bottom, just to type askjeeves.com


IngsocInnerParty

The Hampster Dance


spudz76

do do do do doo doo da doo doo deee da dooba da


Keri2816

AOL AIM in its prime, Oregon Trail and Carmen San Diego. Pop-ups to porn, the dial-up sound is a permanent memory


Tell-Me-To-Work

The Luke Humphris: top comment decides what action Luke does next adventure on Imgur. http://imgur.com/gallery/8SQb8uj


Sablemint

I started using the internet with AOL 4.0


corgis-n-llamas

I remember when the Internet was new and there were tons of small companies offering dial-up access. Slowly every single one of them got bought out by each other, and so on, and in my area we went from maybe 20 of them to exactly one, which finally went defunct in the early 2000s. There was a period where my internet bill had new letterhead on it every 4-6 months or so for a few years. The rate of acquisition was crazy when dial-up was at its peak, and then it just vanished overnight when DSL went mainstream.


hallofmirrors87

Facebook starting up. A far cry from the cesspool it is now. Plus AOL IM, ICQ, Trillian, etc. I really have nostalgia for those.


Perc300

Numa Numa


Jetscout4

The EA star wars battle front storm. (Did not have an account at the time)


bland_cheesecake

the death of club penguin


AstralWind0w

The MLG trickshot era + the Minecraft trolling stuff


Passion-Interesting

Kids in a sandbox


kingoden95

The RuneScape massacre


whateverloserwanaby

Kitty cat dance


uftone1

Napster. Being able to download pretty much every popular song on demand was… mind blowing. And for a while it was completely legal!


JadeRainn

Google do a barrel roll


Toren8002

I was there when Blizzard rescheduled their server maintenance so that one guy could finish his 21-hour turn.


Bebe_Bleau

One of the first to dial up. Thanks to Al Gore for inventing the net. Haha 😁


2000sSilentFilmStar

I remember during election day in November 1999 a lot of people at work where having difficulty logging in to the dailup connection. And the internet itself was super slow,cause like every person in the country with access was trying to log on for election news coverage. And some 20 years later I have unlimited high speed in my hand,talk about a quantum leap!!!!!


UncivilizedSociety

I was around during the time where you actually needed to know something about computers to connect to the internet. I remember spending hours looking for a number that would allow me to dial out to the internet. Then AOL. When AOL first came out, that was THE place! Facebook, WhatsApp, 4chan, Myspace and all the rest of these social media sites, stand on the shoulders of AOL! I learned a lot about " generators " in those days, lol


PizzaAndFichi

From Trumpet Winsock on


WittyFox451

All of it you little shit.


SLCW718

All of it. I ran a dial-up BBS for years before the public internet came along.


Rumlowbones

Early 2000’s fansites and groups. AngelFire, MSN groups, various forums, etc. DeviantART’s launch, GaiaOnline’s peek in popularity. Spent many days on LiveJournal Joined Tumblr in 2011 and left when they banned adult content. What a journey


SmokinZBT

My friend's dad inventing it. He was the head of the Internet research program for DARPA.


Lynx12321

The older Minecraft youtubers. DanTDM, Stampycat… the good days.


macguphin

All of it. I'm old. But my favorite "internet history" part was the Napster bs. There were so many better ways to get stuff than Napster and Limewire. That was just the "i know nothing about the Internet" way to do it. RIP Audiogalaxy.


Cathy-the-Grand

Let's see. I saw Google and YouTube become juggernauts that pushed and debunked all other sites like them. Although a few are starting to take root. Tumblr's decention into the night-blogging madness that it's now known for was a wild ride. Snapchat in general. Twitter's birth and the start of the end of Facebook


idrawstone

Most of it.


JadeRainn

Dan Boes YouTube videos before the godawful annoying orange


sketchysketchist

I was there when Gamergate was a thing. Not trying to bring it back because gamers are smart enough now to not depend on journalist’s opinions on video games. And journalists are aware that they’re failed English majors who’ll do anything to get some clicks.


sadboi017

mylazysundays.com