32 People Share The Things They Found The Weirdest About The Early Internet


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It seems we have taken the internet for granted decades ago, and we accept it as a normal part of everyday lives. Even more: we seem to cannot live without it and the things it brought to us. Numerous helpers, applications, and sources of information are at the touch of our fingertips. The thing about this seemingly idyllic addition to modern life is that it was not always like that. We guess that not too many people remember the early days of the internet and the fun it was to browse and experience this new thing. Those who do remember what that was like decided to share the weirdest perks about it. The list can surely be extended, but the entries on this list are all top notch. You can read the whole thread on Reddit.

1. The variety 

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It appears that the concept of the early internet was to provide an abundance of different visual effects, such as mouse cursor symbols. The visitor counters on most websites were quite a sight to see, too.

2. The cursor

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Talking about the cursor, this is one post that expands this trend by reminding us of the websites dedicated to the possibility we all had. The fact that you could change your cursor is wild.

3. The phone 

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Now, this is the kind of thing that was extremely annoying to most of us, and we could never forget it. It seems that the early days of internet were a challenge, and the dial-up connection did not make it easier on us.

4. The download 

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This is the thing that makes us want to forget about the years when we used internet in its dawn. It was a real burden to download even the simplest and smallest files, not to mention downloading a video clip.

5. The difference 

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It seems that the things that we associate with the old days of internet are not all bad. It is true that technology has improved a lot, but the negatives related to browsing the web are still present.

6. The URLs

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This is one of the major differences of internet as we know it today, and its early days. We are convinced that the person who changed this is now surely a very, very rich individual.

7. The rules 

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This post reveals something that we can see as both a blessing and a curse. The things that this person has described were true, but the only downside of this reality was the lack of a working search engine.

8. The email

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These are all weird perks, but we had to put up with them. There are moments when we think about the times we had to pay money to send an email, and that sounds absurd from today’s point of view.

9. The muting 

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There is hardly anything more annoying about the early days of internet than the dial-up connection. Not only did it break up quite easily, but the noise it made is something we will remember for a lifetime.

10. The software 

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Unlike today, the majority of software downloads back in the day were merely part of the explorer’s toolbar. There were no other browsers to choose from, too.

11. The dancing baby 

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There are moments when you just sit back and think about the absurd and weird things that we all used to take for granted back in the day. The dancing baby is surely among those things, for obvious reason.

12. The receiver 

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Wow, this is something that is actually kind of impressive, and we have never heard about it before. It seems that people were very creative in the early days of internet and they did what they can to steal it.

13. The phone 

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We wish this wasn’t so, but it was a fact. There were moments when you almost had enough of the constant interruptions in the connection, and your mother surely had zero tolerance for it, too.

14. The picture

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We are convinced most people who used to browse the internet in the last years of the 20th century must remember this burden. Seeing the image progressing one line at a time was a painstaking process.

15. The fact

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This person seems to be one of the first individuals to actively browse the world wide web. We are quite certain that not too many people have had the privilege of logging into websites in 1992.

16. The MP3

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Now, this was a weird thing to do, but all of us did it a decade ago. Well, maybe a bit more than that. There is no telling just how many times we have been redirected to different websites only to find nothing.

17. The status 

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There are times when we cannot believe how some things have changed. Netflix has come a long way, and those who use it today would it hard to believe it was an online DVD rental point.

18. The country 

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Some countries had exclusive options or access to this and that. Still, we guess that the person who posted this referred to something we all had to go through when we used the services on any internet club.

19. The early computers

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There seems to be a wide array of things about running a PC that have changed since the early days of internet. As you can see, this person described the long process of shutting down the PC.

20. The games

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This person has a really good memory, and we love it how they reminded us of these games. This is the kind of thing that we love the internet for. It has evolved a lot in three decades or so.

21. The pages

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Here is something so typical of the early days of internet that we missed it quite a lot, and we are thankful that someone reminded us about it. These personal websites really were incredibly amusing.

22. The movie

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The movies and music we download today are countless, but it was a lot different back in the day. You had to choose carefully what to download, and you had to wait hours for it to be completed.

23. The address

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There are some things that have remained the same since the early days of internet. However, most of the things we did have changes a lot since we started using it. Emails are one of the things that evolved.

24. The phones

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There were many things we despised about the dial-up connections we all used, but one of them was particularly annoying. Not being able to use the phone while hooked to the internet was one of these downsides.

25. The videos 

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Here is something that we wish would still be a thing. Some websites were accurate in their description of the video content they published. Today, you need to see several ads before you even enter the video.

26. The transition

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This person was fortunate enough to grow up just as the internet was becoming a widely popular thing. It seems that those who witnessed this transition are the ones who remember the old days of internet the most.

27. The sites

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Well, this is something that we remember like it was yesterday, but we always thought that it was not a good idea. Why would someone close down a website after working hours? Most people would visit around that time anyway.

28. The descriptions 

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Wow, this person describes things that have forgotten, but this post brought back so many memories that we feel good now! It seems this is truly the dawn of the internet as we know it today.

29. The tones

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Here is yet another user who has a strong memory and could never forget the awful sound of the dial-up connection we all remember. There are moments when we wonder how did we tolerate this type of connection. Not that we had a choice, really.

30. The transactions 

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Well, this is surely one of the things that changed a lot since the early days of internet. There is no telling just how many times we have seen such news or reports.

31. The phase

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Here is one of the most relatable memories shared by people online regarding the old days of the internet. This person obviously remembers that trying to have a stable connection meant they had to choose.

32. The fonts

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It seems this person feels nostalgic about the perks of the early days of internet. We do miss the variety and the unique styles, too.

 


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Patrick Bennet
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