17 Things People Remember About The Internet In The '90s And '00s That You Just Don't See Anymore
"Jump scare videos — my younger self hated these with a passion. Edit: What am I saying, I still hate them."
Recently on Reddit, u/relax-and-enjoy-life asked, "What are things from the early days of the internet that you don’t see much of anymore?"
And of course lots of people responded with things they remember about using the internet in the '90s and '00s. Here are some of the best responses:
1. "Music CDs that had 'super secret' CD-ROM content or website access."
2. "Website visit counters."
3. "'Under construction' GIFs and 'Web rings'"
4. "E-cards that were sent through email."
5. "Welcome to my Angelfire Website!!!"
6. "Sites that use RealPlayer for video or audio."
7. "America Online's 10,000-hour free trial discs."
8. "Flash intro screens before entering a website."
9. "Personalizing your cursor."
10. "Websites that play music as soon as you open them."
11. "Crappy yet catchy animated videos/songs, like the badger one."
12. "Referring to arguments as flame wars."
13. "Between '92 and '98, we used to buy magazines that had interesting websites to visit listed. Search engines only covered a very small part of the net."
14. "Jump scare videos — my younger self hated these with a passion. Edit: What am I saying, I still hate them."
15. "Porn pop-ups when you tried searching something innocent."
16. "That awful dial-up noise when connecting to the internet."
17. And finally, "I miss away messages. I want them for text conversations."
Submissions have been edited for length and/or clarity.