22 Things You Did When You First Got The Internet
What's inside that pixellated can of worms?
You dialed up to the world wide web with the utmost excitement. What treasures would await?
But once online, all you could do was stare into the unknown chasm of the internet and think, "now what?"
You'd finally arrived online only to find that the whole thing was such a mystery.
Maybe you should just go to Waterstones and find a book about the internet.
Wait, there was a website address printed in the inlay of the last CD you bought...
Hands up anyone who then used the "contact us" page to tell huge bands that they loved them and should play in their town.
How about asking Jeeves some of the burning questions that you've always wanted answered?
Unless, as a discerning internet n00b, you went for a more serious search engine.
Searching for the lyrics to the title music of your favourite TV shows was a top priority.
Time to make some new internet friends in one of those cool ~chatrooms~ you've heard about.
Or maybe you went straight to the Melody Maker forum and take the piss out of people who liked shitter bands than you.
It was MSN all the way if you wanted to talk to your IRL mates online, though.
Until your parents ruined your conversation by picking up the phone and breaking the connection.
Creating an email address like "iluvBRMC@excite.com", was your chance to show the online world how cool you were.
If your friends didn't have email yet, you could go to a website and send them a text for free.
Why buy music anymore when you could just download Napster?
Or just play your own using all those guitar tabs you'd printed out.
As soon as Metallica went and ruined Napster, you just downloaded Kazaa insead.
Then you'd burn all the nu-metal songs you'd downloaded onto a CD.
Don't pretend you didn't put a picture of yourself on Hot or Not.
The internet might have been a bit shit in the '90s, but chances are, you've not looked back since you first sipped from its poisoned chalice.
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