1. We connected to the internet using this kind of setup: imgur.com 2. And we had to connect through the phone line. THIS kind of phone: Cookie_cutter / Getty Images 3. We had to sit through this noise in order to connect: View this video on YouTube youtube.com 4. We could only use the internet OR the phone, not both at the same time: Beth Stone @beth_gucci A sentence I'll never hear again: "Beth, get off the phone I need to use the internet!" 05:57 PM - 25 Feb 2017 Reply Retweet Favorite Shawn Reynolds @ShawnWTVM9 "Get off the internet, I need to use the phone" - words we used to say 05:35 PM - 19 Apr 2017 Reply Retweet Favorite 5. And that's only after we installed the internet using one of these: SchwiftyGameOnPoint / Via imgur.com 6. We surfed the internet using browsers like this: Netscape / Via reddit.com 7. And search engines like this: Yahoo 8. To find websites like this: pinterest.com 9. That is, if the page even loaded properly: Twitter: @Complex 10. Plus, we had to actually type "www" before the URL, or else it wouldn't work at all: Srdjan111 / Getty Images / Via Twitter: @blonde_kars 11. We found directions on MapQuest, but had to print them out to take in the car: reddit.com 12. We memorized our ICQ numbers so we could chat with our friends: imgur.com 13. And we came up with the perfect AIM screen names (because we didn't want anyone on the internet to know who we were): Zimbio / Via zimbio.com 14. But we eventually switched to MSN Messenger because it was so much better: imgur.com 15. W3 4ll l34rn3d 70 7yp3 l1k3 7h15.* encyclopediadramatica.rs *Translation: "We all learned to type like this." 16. We downloaded music on LimeWire and had to hope it wasn't really a virus: imgur.com 17. And it took FOREVER: IMGUR / Via imgur.com 18. Then we played the music using programs like this: imgur.com 19. But we worked tirelessly to create our own webpages because we loved the internet so much: imgur.com 20. Making sure to add these GIFs to the page so everyone knew it was a work in progress: Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF https://giphy.com/gifs/please-construction-patient-zLcyTZqbwy2mk Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF https://giphy.com/gifs/please-construction-patient-ZLO6puiehcm0U Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF https://giphy.com/gifs/please-construction-patient-JoPjeymMjG8Lu 21. And no matter what else happened, the best part of our day was hearing the "You've Got Mail!" sound. Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF Warner Bros.