Paid PostPosted on Aug 17, 201515 Reasons We Miss The Internet Of The '90sAltogether now! *hums the dial-up tune until you start dancing*by Google UKBrand PublisherFacebookPinterestTwitterMailLink 1. Potential partners were picked based on how fancy their IM name was. Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF Sergey Furtaev / Getty Images / Via thinkstockphotos.co.uk <3 <3 <3 2. Singing along to the dial-up modem "tune" was an absolute joy. Olga Aleksandrovna Lisitskaya / Getty Images / Via thinkstockphotos.co.uk What some may call "a horrendous cacophony of beeps and screeches that sounded like someone massacring a robot orgy", others may call "a catchy-as-hell tune". 3. Everything was a bit of an iffy-grey, and we were fine with that. Flickr/Blake Patterson (CC BY http://2.0) / Via Flickr: blakespot Be still, my beating nostalgia. 4. Flirting was about three magic letters separated by two highly-erotic forward slashes. BuzzFeed "'Oh my god, take me now on this futon, you instant messenger hottie." 5. Spending hours working on your webcam face. Spanishalex / Getty Images / Via thinkstockphotos.co.uk You nailed it. 6. You got to play games that were of the utmost sophistication. Stefanamer / Getty Images / Via thinkstockphotos.co.uk To be fair, having to keep tapping the space bar until your hands hurt was pretty full-on. 7. Other games were a little more...stripped back. Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF William Hunter (CC BY http://3.0) / Via youtube.com 8. Also, actually printing off cheats for games was super helpful. Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF Midi Desaster (CC BY http://3.0) / Via youtube.com And you could tape it to the inside of your textbook and trick your parents into thinking you were (lol) revising for exams. 9. The suspense of knowing that at any time, your browsing might be cut short by someone picking up the phone. David De Lossy / Getty Images / Via thinkstockphotos.co.uk Oh, what a thrill! Actually, speaking of suspense... 10. The anticipation of waiting 20 minutes for one song to download was actually quite fun. Chad Baker / Getty Images / Via thinkstockphotos.co.uk Even though it was pretty much never, ever worth it. Man, music in the 1990s was absolute trash. 11. Every conversation lasted 10 times longer because you'd started every mention of a website "h-t-t-p, colon, forward slash..." Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF BuzzFeed It went on forever, but boy was it a special time. 12. Adding animated, um, "trails" to your website cursors was considered the height of programming and design. Thinkstock Still looks great, tbh. 13. Downloading your favourite internet webpages to a floppy disk so you can access them later was a genius idea. Top Photo Corporation / Getty Images / Via thinkstockphotos.co.uk It definitely was not dumb. Bring back floppies, I say. Floppies for all! 14. Going on internet chatrooms was a genuine pastime. In-future / Getty Images / Via thinkstockphotos.co.uk "What did you do last night?" "Oh, I was talking to strangers in 'film chat' – you?" "Same, same... OK, well, bye." 15. TyPiNg LiKe tHiS evEn ThOuGh iT tAkEs So mUcH EfFoRt aNd nObOdY kNeW wHy It WaS A tHinG. Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF BuzzFeed Video / Via youtu.be (That hurt, actually.) The internet has become more and more advanced — so should your account settings. Sort out yours with My Account from Google. Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF Google Google My Account consolidates all your security and privacy settings in one place, making it easier for you to manage what you do and don't want to share online.