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Old 12-11-2015, 07:02 AM
 
Location: Fortaleza, Brazil
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For Americans, maybe it was not a big novelty...

But here in Brazil and most other countries, there was almost no internet at all before the Word Wide Web "explosion" of 1995...

And besides the WWW, the Internet Relay Chat (IRC) was also very popular among teenagers in Brazil in the late 90's. People used a software called mIRC to access chat rooms on IRC servers.
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Old 12-11-2015, 07:46 AM
 
Location: Greensboro, NC
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I had no idea about the internet until I got to college in 1993. And truth be told, it probably wasn't until about '94 that I really started to become familiar with it. I remember the first time I "played" on the internet was in the LRC at college, with one of my female friends (of whom I had a major crush on at the time). She was a straight up country girl who was obsessed with country music - namely obsessed with Reba McEntire! I remember us surfing onto a music website where you could buy CDs. It had the prices listed and the names of the albums, but there were no album covers. Pictures and graphics were kind of minimal back then. You did have jpegs and gifs, but it took so long to load pictures that most people opted to keep them off of their site. Not until the latter part of the 90's did you start seeing pictures on a regular basis.

And I think it was John that had mentioned Netscape. That was always the first thing I would install anytime I had setup a new computer. Netscape was the best way to surf the web in my opinion. Internet Explorer during the mid 90's was so horrible that it was always an afterthought using it. And actually, that has continued to be true for me up to this point and time. I love such nostalgia that I have a bookmark folder that contains some of the Internet's oldest, working, websites. For instance, the movie, Space Jam. It's website is still up and for the most part, still fully functional. The OJ Simpson Trial website is still up as well.

Thank God for the Internet Archive's Wayback Machine. You can find a lot of old Yahoo links to old websites where people had built while they were in college in the 90's. Some of them are atrocious looking. Some are kind of neat. It makes me kind of "homesick" for those days. I was a young man in my early 20's. Gosh, that's been at least 80 pounds ago, LOL!
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Old 12-11-2015, 08:59 AM
 
Location: Southern California
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I was thinking DOOM.
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Old 12-11-2015, 09:26 AM
 
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Wow, you succeeded in making me feel old! I was in college in the mid 1980s, and have been 'on the internet' (if you count its direct predecessors) continuously since 1985. I guess like people of my generation asking our parents what it was like when TV first became common.

One thing that stood out to me in the early days vs today was that access was not universal. Based on age and even more so, occupation, some of the country were already heavy users by the mid/late 1990s, some had never sent an email in their life. And of course cell phones were still uncommon too. Having spent my time entirely at universities and IT firms, as of 1997 things like email, instant messaging, and newsgroups were things I'd 'always' had, and web browsing was turning 5 years old. Most of my college and work friends kept in touch primarily online. Yet neither of my parents had email at work or home, and half or maybe more of my HS friends were not online in any way -- I had to mail them letters! (by pony express, if the Indians didn't stop them... sigh). Then between 1998 and 2001, *everyone* came online.

I also sometimes forget how relatively 'late' true e-commerce was. I was heavily using online sources for catalog-style information by 1994, even searching airline schedules and fares, but with actual orders still requiring a phone call or at least human-to-human email exchange. It wasn't till that explosion in 1998-99 that fully automated online shopping as we now think of it became widely available. I remember buying a plane ticket entirely by web for the first time in early 1999.
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Old 12-11-2015, 09:30 AM
 
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I remember there being a lot of excitement, optimism and uncertainty-- if some children didn't learn "the Information Superhighway," they would be left behind in the new economy. This was the 90s where a basic computer cost roughly $1000 (without a monitor-- packages were usually around $1500-2000), so there was concern over poorer communities being priced out of Internet use.

You may or may not have seen this commercial before. When it aired, none of this was available to the public (even though the present doesn't look like the commercial, it's all possible and feasible now)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ueHriAv8C_M
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Old 12-11-2015, 10:11 AM
 
Location: Places you dream of
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1- I can still hear the dial up sound---- 2 the pop ups were horrible with porn-- all the teens come to my house after I went to bed-- and 3-- people said it was the devil!


the best investment I ever made- cost me $3K- turned my boys wild with excitement for a new toy- but opened their minds to new jobs etc. It was their future. there was only 2 PCs in our block.


I love google....
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Old 12-11-2015, 10:43 AM
 
Location: Philadelphia, PA
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I was to young to remember when The Internet started to catch on or become popular so I was wondering what were people reaction to the Internet when it started in the Mid 1990s?
When it first came out you had to pretend you didn't know about it or you were outcast. Just as you would think someone was an idoit for not using it now, is how we thought of people back then who didn't use it. Weird to be in a world where now it is normal, from what I could see smart phones are really what started the mass introduction to people to the internet.

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Old 12-11-2015, 10:45 AM
 
Location: Philadelphia, PA
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I was thinking DOOM.
Command and Conquer and Quake were the biggest first round internet games (Ultima online was the mmorpg then?). Counterstrike was for the second round late comers.
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Old 12-11-2015, 10:52 AM
 
Location: SF Bay Area
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Fast forward to the mid 90s and things began to change. Was it Netscape that made the first web browser? Things developed fast after that, and many people began to get cable broadband connections. Of course, the hardware continued to improve. Some people caught on quickly, others eventually caught on, and some never bothered. Today. it's almost universal. One of the most important human inventions, ever.
I was using Mosaic prior to Netscape.
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Old 12-11-2015, 11:23 AM
 
Location: Atlanta, GA
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I also sometimes forget how relatively 'late' true e-commerce was. I was heavily using online sources for catalog-style information by 1994, even searching airline schedules and fares, but with actual orders still requiring a phone call or at least human-to-human email exchange. It wasn't till that explosion in 1998-99 that fully automated online shopping as we now think of it became widely available. I remember buying a plane ticket entirely by web for the first time in early 1999.
I remember the first time someone at my office received a package of books from Amazon, maybe 1998 or 1999. It was such a novelty that we all gathered around his office and marveled at being able to order something online. I can also remember being in a college class in 1990 or 1991 and our professor asking us about what would revolutionize communications over the next few years. We mentioned "cellular" phones and fax machines, and she asked if any of us had ever heard of "electronic mail." None of us had, and when she proceeded to say that e-mail would be the most revolutionary change in many years, we all looked at her with blank stares and didn't know what the heck she was talking about.
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