Mar 14 2011
The internet has been around since 1993 but I’m not sure it was really “commercial” or kind of on everyone’s mind until the mid to late 90s.Â I even go as far as to say probably the mid 2000s is when people realized the internet truly was and is the future of connectivity throughout the world.
And just as companies rise and fall, so do trends that all Americans undertake.Â Â Think about when you started using the internet on a regular basis.Â Do you remember how it all went down?Â Can you recall the programs and sites you used to use from day to day?Â I sure as hell can.
And here are five “norms” that I remember way back when…..
AOL Chat Rooms
I really didn’t know how else to characterize this norm but I figured writing “AOL Chat Rooms” might resonate with people.Â Â When you think about how you first communicated with people through the internet how was it done?Â I mean yeah, email.Â But on an interactive basis?Â It’s gotta be AOL Chat rooms.Â Before all the chatting programs, video, random dating sites, etc etc you had AOL Chat.Â That was the first time I talked to a sexy girl across the country who was probably an 80-year-old man.
Web Browsing was Done through Netscape
I know that in the late 90s and early 2000s the only web browser I ever used was Netscape.Â Â AOL sucked because it was too slow.Â Â Â There was no Mozilla, and Internet Explorer was just beginning.Â Netscape was the fastest and easiest.Â Â I don’t even remember when the tipping point was but I think I’d have stuck with Netscape even through today had it not been bought by AOL.
Searching Was Done Through Lycos
There was Archie, which no one know about.Â Then there was Excite.Â Then there was Webcrawler.Â But I think the first search engine that people commonly used was definitely Lycos.Â Funny because I even remember the first time I heard the word “Google” and thought it was a stupid name and when I saw how plain the site was I never thought it’d work.Â Hahaha.Â Man I’m a moron.
Instant Message was AIM
Nowadays you’d be hard pressed to find people that still use AOL Instant messenger.Â I’m pretty sure the only people who use it are traders on Wall Street.Â Everyone else uses Gchat or programs that allow you to have multiple chatting platforms.Â Â But remember the days when it was all Instant Messenger?Â Hell that’s what made me a fast typer.
Porn, music, files.Â Â Napster began it all.Â And when MP3 hit the scene, there was no better source to fill up your MP3 Players than Napster.
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