Only the simpler times.... well were they simpler? We had to do things like, write letters and lick stamps and send carrier pigeons. Technology has changes life in ways we never thought were possible in good.... and bad ways. Let's discuss the old days, the days when the internet was something we couldn't understand.

Redditor u/XeroAbility wanted us all to share our origin tales of the internet by asking.... What's your first memory of the internet?


What's in a Name?

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Trying to come up with an AOL screen name in November 1995, then being told I only have 10 minutes to be online because we were paying by the minute. cousin_geri

Dialed....

[dial up sounds] Welcome. You've got mail. S buddy in s buddy out. xopenguin

a/s/l?

I'm 14/m/Cali

God, those aol chat rooms were the best. Looking back they were creepy as heck lol. 292014

Game On. 

Probably playing those games on Nickelodeon dot com. CenkwebmDJ

Cartoon Network had the best online games around 2005, give or take a few years. EpicBlueDrop

I played cartoon network too, along with disney. I remember the Scooby Doo game where you are like in a maze with the light where you are. CenkwebmDJ

Sail Away...

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Trying to look at Sailor Moon artwork. Each picture took 5 minutes to load. bubble-wrap-is-life

Me too! I even had a Sailor Moon webpage. Taught myself HTML and it was in Angelfire. Needless to say, I was not running with the cool kids as a child. anabaena1

Napped. 

Napster, ICQ. kissxokissxokill

Yes ICQ. Surprised to just see this. Napster was the best too. mycrapmailis

I still remember my 6 digit ICQ number. sushidrew

"that song" 

Hamster dance. a_mandalodon

Instantly brought that song back into my head. Has to be 20 years since I've thought of it. ItIsAContest

Note that "that song" is from Disney's animated Robin Hood but sped up.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G6OzeBAbJi4&t=132 the_real_xuth

Go Back. 

Club penguin. MIIKE04

I've always wanted to go back and play it again for nostalgia's sake, but unfortunately we can't do that. Drippygaber

I vividly remember the Search Engine wars of the late 90's. People liked Yahoo, Altavista, or Google like they were sports teams.

Ask Jeeve's had a butler theme.

Google showed you how many pages they had indexed. A google doodle was very, very rare and special.

We bought Pokemon Yellow off of Amazon in 1999. I had to get my second grade teacher to sign a note my mother wrote, because she was CERTAIN she was going to get her card info stolen. She signed it and called my mom and told her about Amazon. It came in two weeks. CleanTemperature8

Approximately 1994....

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Approximately 1994, I'm 5 years old, older brother tells me to type in boobies. Down the screen drips a woman showing off what I assumed was a wig on her pee pee. Brother tells mom what I did, no more computer. RickGrimesLol

Prodigy. 

Using prodigy back in 1990. blipsman

Yes! I was scrolling down just looking for someone to say Prodigy! And now there's a cute little math-practice RPG for kids by the same name, and every time my second grader asks of she can play Prodigy it throws me back in time for a second. HorseAndDragon

Downloaded.

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In high school in the early 90s a "computer nerd" friend showed me how to download a copy of the script to "Monty Python and the Holy Grail", and I thought that was the coolest thing ever.

Five years later, I met my husband online - much cooler 😉. bubbabearzle

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