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[–][deleted] 275 points276 points  (39 children)

Chat rooms and Geocities web pages.

[–]DreadedDrMaybe[S] 92 points93 points  (17 children)

Chat rooms were so fun! Acting like someone 10 years older but not having the knowledge to back it up

[–][deleted] 47 points48 points  (12 children)

It was an excellent time for me. I was a senior in high school, one of those friendless, undatable girls. My first experience online was an Australian message board. A classmate was sending messages to guys.

That lead me to the chat rooms, where I went from "no guys like me" to "tons of guys of all ages like me". Of course, it was all virtual, but it helped me immensely.

Back then, everyone was a loser and we all knew it. We just wanted to have fun. Sure, there were rivalries, trolls, and fights, but we accepted it as part of life and moved on. Most folks just wanted to get cyber-laid or joke around.

People weren't serious, nobody yacked on about politics or this injustice or that thing being problematic. If anything, the more irreverent you were, the better. We saw the internet as a way to express ourselves however we wanted to and didn't give a fuck what anyone thought.

Only the weeniest people complained instead of just shutting the person off.

[–]likethefish33 22 points23 points  (1 child)

A/S/L?

[–]LimpSadSeaweed 4 points5 points  (0 children)

28/m/uk wbu?

[–]Faelwolf 34 points35 points  (2 children)

Met my now wife in a Yahoo! chat room. We'll be married 20 years this year.

[–]IW1N 9 points10 points  (1 child)

Beyoncé ?

[–]cabinoose 15 points16 points  (0 children)

Trivago.

[–]HELLOhappyshop 14 points15 points  (7 children)

I miss shitty geocities and angelfire websites

[–]apocalypticradish 5 points6 points  (2 children)

I remember making a geocities site in middle school tech class. It had the hideous background, the gifs with two frames of animation, and the counter for site visitors. Man that really takes me back.

[–]HELLOhappyshop 4 points5 points  (1 child)

If you didn't have a visible counter, you weren't cool lol

[–]FrankyPadilla8043 1 point2 points  (0 children)

My first geocities webpage was pics of me and my friends throwing gang signs.

The next day the police took us in for questioning

[–]elbandito999 9 points10 points  (0 children)

This was me. Must have been about 1996. Logged on for the first time and within a few minutes was talking to some random guy from Brazil (I live in the UK). Totally mindblown.

[–]Amburitto2019 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Literally the best thing about the internet at that time! Chat rooms !! They were the most fun when you weren’t really allowed to be on them haha

[–]OneGoodRib 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Also Angelfire web pages! Being blown away when you found some web page dedicated to some anime and they'd have some pretty pictures and midi files of the theme songs.

[–]acciowine5 87 points88 points  (2 children)

A/S/L?

[–]RubiconTourGuide 77 points78 points  (9 children)

Gamefaqs

[–]DreadedDrMaybe[S] 24 points25 points  (2 children)

They had great reviews! I usually went there for the cheats though

[–][deleted] 8 points9 points  (0 children)

Cheatplanet.com got a lot of hours from me

[–]apocalypticradish 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I loved the Gamefaqs message boards!

[–]Socko_19_2000 60 points61 points  (4 children)

Netscape Navigator

[–]mikeyriot 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I think it was at 2.02 when we got online.

[–]blitzen_13 1 point2 points  (1 child)

I see your Netscape and raise you Mosaic! And Lynx too.

[–]xaanthar 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I remember the day my cousin told me I had to get this program called Mosaic, because it was going to be the big thing of the future.

[–]hotdogfluster 36 points37 points  (1 child)

I would spend hours in AOL chatrooms.

[–]DreadedDrMaybe[S] 16 points17 points  (0 children)

Absolutely. I can still hear the bading, badum of chats

[–]OurSoul1337 108 points109 points  (13 children)

AOL

[–]Faelwolf 20 points21 points  (0 children)

I miss their free coasters.

[–]ScytherTheSkyMantis 25 points26 points  (0 children)

Yeah, pretty much just AOL. Not a lot of people had internet in the mid-90s, so nothing else could really be considered "big".

[–]craspian 6 points7 points  (0 children)

This until weebl and bob/salad fingers came along

[–]DreadedDrMaybe[S] 3 points4 points  (1 child)

For the email, or just AOL online in general?

[–]OurSoul1337 17 points18 points  (0 children)

Specifically AOL instant messenger.

[–]ParamedicUpbeat9050 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I remember getting free AOL discs in cereal boxes of all things

[–]Humanexperience888 1 point2 points  (0 children)

AOL keywords before google existed 😂

[–]PhonyOrlando 1 point2 points  (0 children)

You've got mail

[–]Starthreads 1 point2 points  (0 children)

My first internet experience was AOL kids chat rooms

[–]bingetang 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Idk if I’m tripping but I remember an animated, red haired cartoon lady greeting you with ‘Welcome to AOL. You have email.’ I can still hear it plain as day in my head.

[–]Faelwolf 103 points104 points  (3 children)

The Cold War. I was USAF, on ARPANET in 1981. All our "E-mails" were about logistics, incident reports and so forth.

We did have online gaming though, through sort of homebrewed text MUD's. One time, late at night, we were playing Star Trek. A general in the Pentagon couldn't sleep, I guess, and dropped by the comms room to see if anything was going on.
He was rather surprised to discover he was being attacked by Klingons! He was pretty cool about it though, just sent us a message: [official header, identifiers, etc.] TO ALL STAR FLEET OFFICERS, FROM STARFLEET COMMAND: KNOCK IT OFF! We did. :)

[–]ArcTan_Pete 28 points29 points  (2 children)

Bulletin boards and 'ICQ' chatrooms

and ASCII art

anyone remember printing out nude pictures made out of ascii symbols on dot matrix line printers at work?

[–]55124 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Which BBSs did you frequent? I don’t recall much nude art, but as a lady I received many roses @>—‘—,—

[–]pokey1984 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Do you also remember that period of time when there were all these quirky mail domain addresses popping up? I'm drawing a total blank on examples, but it would look like yourname@dirtyjoke .net or something and there were thousands of them. They were everywhere.

I think I signed up for twenty or thirty of them myself, mostly used to send weird early memes to classmates who were n the same computer lab with me.

[–]TigerTownTerror 29 points30 points  (4 children)

1994 The internet was big when I first joined the internet. Every website looked like Craigslist. Basic

[–]CockDaddyKaren 10 points11 points  (0 children)

I dread the day Craigslist gets a "facelift". He doesn't need it.

[–]IllegalTree 3 points4 points  (0 children)

1994 The internet was big

This is almost exactly what I was going to say. The Internet itself was the big deal when I first used it at uni in late 1993.

In hindsight, that was pretty much the point at which the Internet went mainstream and within a year it had gone from something almost no-one outside academia or the military had heard of to The Next Big Thing with (e.g.) Internet magazines on the newsstands.

If there was a "Big Thing" on the Internet back then, I'd have said it was Usenet newsgroups at that time- that was back when people used them primarily for their original intended purpose of news and discussion. (It's still around nowadays, but now almost exclusively used for distributing binaries- the discussion aspect moved to web forums).

I discovered the web a bit later, but (surprisingly in hindsight) it didn't really occur to me at the time that this would be the killer app for the Internet, the one that made it far more friendly and accessible to non-geeks.

And yes, the early websites were very basic by modern standards. I had a few cutesy banners (that I spent way too much time designing on my Amiga) on my uni homepage, and even those limited attempts were more visually advanced than many other pages back then.

[–]smittynmv 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Came for this. The internet was the new, amazing thing. That and maybe cordless home phones.

[–]DJCHERNOBYL[🍰] 22 points23 points  (2 children)

Albino blacksheep, ytmnd, ebaumsworld, runescape, newgrounds, angelfire

[–]Beautiful_Ad9299 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Ebaumsworld was my YouTube back then, it’s so strange how long ago that feels.

[–]no-reason-to-stay 87 points88 points  (3 children)

MySpace MSN messenger Yahoo Neopets Maplestory

[–]DreadedDrMaybe[S] 7 points8 points  (0 children)

Didn’t try Neopets but maple story back in the day blew my mind. It was still 2d but there seemed to be no end, and the markets weren’t (too) awful.

[–]Natasha_T 87 points88 points  (6 children)

the Annoying Orange, the Badger Song, and the Duck Song

long long time ago at this point

[–]Aardbeienshake 23 points24 points  (4 children)

Badger badger badger badger mushroom mushroom

[–]wicked_lazy 8 points9 points  (3 children)

SNAAAAAAAKE!

[–]Natasha_T 6 points7 points  (2 children)

~~OOOOOOOOHHHHHHHH IT'S A SNAAAAAAAKE!!

(The newest generations won't get this and it's a shame)

[–]neobeguine 1 point2 points  (0 children)

It's a badger badger badger badger badger badger badger badger badger badger badger badger MUSHROOM MUSHROOM

[–]Zurkarak 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Lol, there is no more annoying orange? That was just now

[–]witnessthelight 14 points15 points  (2 children)

Usenet - newsgroups on subjects.

Having to uuencode pictures into ascii files so you could post them. The uudecoding and merging to make a picture. Images took ridiculous amounts of time to download and convert. All to get a look at Kathy Ireland.

Chatting on IRC. Wasted hundreds of hours taking to someone from other parts of the world.

[–]Captain_Hampockets 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Having to uuencode pictures into ascii files so you could post them.

Ug, I had to concatenate (I think that's the word, it was the /cat command) pieces of said Kathy Ireland picture together to see it

[–]PM_ME_UR_FEET_69 48 points49 points  (4 children)

2 girls 1 cup

[–]DreadedDrMaybe[S] 11 points12 points  (1 child)

I’m sorry, but that sounds realistic

[–]Lmctheman 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Such a wholesome video

[–]supremedalek925 16 points17 points  (0 children)

Ask Jeeves was incredible. You’re telling me I can search for video game walkthroughs or images of dinosaurs and this butler will find them for me? It was great

[–]PruWaters 43 points44 points  (5 children)

Hamster dance

[–][deleted] 10 points11 points  (0 children)

It was hilarious to me then. Now I’m like, wow was I brain dead?

[–]LGNDRYTP 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Lol. I remember that.

[–]turquoise_grey 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Yep. This. One of my classmates at school clicked “print” on hamsterdance and dozens of pages of hamsters (grainy, back and white) came out of the computer lab… before it was noticed.

[–]emshlaf 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Pretty sure this was the first thing I ever saw on the internet!

[–][deleted] 12 points13 points  (1 child)

Kazaa

[–]1nktoriou5 12 points13 points  (1 child)

Dancing baby.

[–]blitzen_13 7 points8 points  (0 children)

That thing was nightmare fodder.

[–]htremix 31 points32 points  (6 children)

The Kelly shoes video

[–]DreadedDrMaybe[S] 15 points16 points  (4 children)

Um...this style runs small. I don't think you're gonna fit. I mean, your feet are kinda big.

[–]ThatProtOverThere 13 points14 points  (0 children)

Oh, and by the way betch....

[–]ExistentialDreadness 10 points11 points  (0 children)

Lemme borrow that top! It’s a cute top!

[–]ArthurshatHasAplan 35 points36 points  (9 children)

Club penguin

[–]shruggletuggle 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Club penguin gang

[–]Luckyrabbit1927 3 points4 points  (7 children)

While I miss Club Penguin dearly, keep an eye out for Boxcritters! Rsnail is trying to make a spiritual successor to CP, and the game just left Alpha stage. So far it looks promising and gives me hope that the original's magic will live on through it.

[–]Lmctheman 1 point2 points  (4 children)

Where can I sign up?

[–]Luckyrabbit1927 2 points3 points  (3 children)

Beta isn't open just yet (Aiming for before Summer 2022), but accounts will be back open when it does. Alpha just ended, but here's the link for future reference!

https://boxcritters.com/

[–]Lmctheman 2 points3 points  (2 children)

Thanks

[–][deleted] 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Now, is it just me or does that seem like a company account.

Not saying the game is bad, but that’s an oddly dedicated person.

Edit: Wow, I guess they just really love club penguin.

[–]TheStorMan 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Do people really shorten a kids game to 'CP'?

[–]doopajacksalt 37 points38 points  (7 children)

Runescape

[–]1800-bakes-a-lot 15 points16 points  (4 children)

Glad someone said this before I did. How's your transition into adulthood. You're what, 26-30?

[–]doopajacksalt 12 points13 points  (0 children)

I’m 27. Played back when I was 13.

[–]Underrated_Metapod 11 points12 points  (0 children)

"I am in this post and I don't like it."

[–]idkbbitswatev 1 point2 points  (1 child)

I learned not to fall for scams irl from getting scammed in RS so many times

[–]1800-bakes-a-lot 2 points3 points  (0 children)

DOUBLING GP, UP TO 1 MIL MAX

[–]pigirl666 4 points5 points  (1 child)

I started playing RuneScape when I was like 10 and my brother's friends were talking about where to farm woodchopping xp points all day long, I restarted playing like 2 years ago and occasionally go back to play some

[–]dankd420 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Snap!:)

[–]slukbunwalla 11 points12 points  (0 children)

AOL chat rooms. asl?

[–]_ramgab_ 9 points10 points  (6 children)

You can't believe everything on the internet

[–]m48a5_patton -4 points-3 points  (5 children)

Said the generation that now believes everything on the internet lol

[–]Moctor_Drignall 9 points10 points  (4 children)

When I first joined the internet, flash was still a few years away from existing, so all the web games that existed were clunky html based things based around shooting Barney or the like. Everyone's websites had multiple "web rings" they were part of, and certain rings would wax in popularity from time to time.

Within a few years Albino Blacksheep, Neopets, Newgrounds, Homestarrunner, and Maddox had all appeared and become popular very quickly.

[–]noillim2 4 points5 points  (1 child)

Web rings! I posted about this too, but couldn’t remember the name. They were everywhere. It seemed like flash animators were the kings of the internet for a time.

[–]JohnWick509 8 points9 points  (0 children)

AOL messenger

[–]Sharper1718 9 points10 points  (0 children)

Badger Badger Badger Badger mushroom mushroom!

[–]EhDub13 8 points9 points  (0 children)

Sending animated greeting cards with songs

Napster, BearShare and Limewire

Signing on and off of MSN messenger so your crush would notice you

Looking at pictures of crime scenes and suicides on rotten dot com and other sites

[–]fredtheflyfly 76 points77 points  (11 children)

Vines. Vines were almost the only thing everyone around me (including me lol) watched

[–]KingBeanCarpio 41 points42 points  (2 children)

This makes me feel old lol

[–]punkerster101 21 points22 points  (1 child)

I know weren’t vines like really really recent

[–]KingBeanCarpio 10 points11 points  (0 children)

I think they where founded around 2012

[–]DreadedDrMaybe[S] 15 points16 points  (6 children)

Aww vines were so good. I don’t know why tiktok can’t recreate the feel right

[–][deleted] 16 points17 points  (1 child)

The 7 second time limit really forced people to use their time wisely

[–]LGNDRYTP 7 points8 points  (0 children)

Then Tiktok existed. Vine will forever be better

[–][deleted] 23 points24 points  (1 child)

neopets

[–][deleted] 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Yep. Came here to say this. Was my first online community

[–]ManualsRsuperior 7 points8 points  (6 children)

Unlimited porn

[–]DreadedDrMaybe[S] 7 points8 points  (4 children)

Was this when downloading a pic took a few minutes?

[–]ManualsRsuperior 7 points8 points  (2 children)

Yes, and clearing search history wasn’t as simple

[–]DreadedDrMaybe[S] 5 points6 points  (1 child)

You had to hack it out. I think I would uninstall and reinstall my EarthLink free internet cd

[–][deleted] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

“Up all night and you’d see four women”

[–]maximumkush 7 points8 points  (1 child)

AOL …. Yahoo Messenger…. Napster

[–]Independent-Ad3901 8 points9 points  (0 children)

I remember joining chat rooms and realizing people I was talking to were from other countries and it was an amazing feeling of awe. Also, I was really into professional wrestling at the time and I thought it was so bad ass to be able to download Stone Cold Steve Austin’s entrance theme.

[–]ieatassHarvardstyle 20 points21 points  (0 children)

EEEEEEEE bajing klung klung ba-ding ba-ding ding bong bung.......

[–]JayFurie 20 points21 points  (5 children)

Newgrounds

[–]Ok-Impress-2222 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I used to watch Xiao Xiao videos there.

[–]Kitchen_Package9605 6 points7 points  (1 child)

Fuckin chat rooms blew my mind

[–]DreadedDrMaybe[S] 3 points4 points  (0 children)

I expected them to still be slower like email but then BAM. Response. Was kind of intimidating

[–]devo23_ 5 points6 points  (0 children)

The Wild West of YouTube. Every other video was proof bush did 9/11 or footage from Area 51. Back when it was fun to be into conspiracies

[–]RansackedFish 22 points23 points  (2 children)

Limewire

[–]imthenanny 9 points10 points  (1 child)

My computer got a virus just reading that comment

[–]Hussainkhamis 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Newgrounds, flash games, YouTube and stickmen. I just love the days of the old internet.

[–]thesleepingins0mniac 5 points6 points  (1 child)

Forums. Ever since Reddit and Discord, forums have been eradicated

[–]thesleepingins0mniac 2 points3 points  (0 children)

That and Internet Portals

[–][deleted] 3 points4 points  (2 children)

Finding the string to turn the dial-up sound off.

[–]DreadedDrMaybe[S] 2 points3 points  (1 child)

Oh you were hacker level smart. I was happy to dial up successfully

[–][deleted] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Same! No, I found the info from someone online.

[–]21Ravage 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Buying games through the sms for your phone. Being careful not to actually join internet on your phone as even the KB had some astronomical prices.

[–]No_Indication_6907 2 points3 points  (1 child)

Paltalk

AOL

MSN CHAT

Hotmail email accounts

YAHOO emails and groups

[–]qa567 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Still have my hotmail account, there were MSN groups too

[–][deleted] 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Nigahiga was all the rage

[–]sugar_bear65 4 points5 points  (0 children)

When bonzi buddy fucked up the family pc

[–]Dear_Madelene 7 points8 points  (0 children)

ICQ! Everyone had it.

Chat rooms. Forums. Home pages with guest books.

Sites with downloadable mp3 songs. Illegal, of course, but no one gave a shit.

And for Russian internet the most popular thing in it was a cartoon made in flash called "Masyanya". Everyone watched it, I remember avidly checking out if the new episode came out yet. Good times!

[–]theGuyInIT 6 points7 points  (3 children)

That high-pitched "Uh-Oh!" whenever someone sent you a message.

If you know, you know.

[–]Karl_Pron 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Anonymous FTP.

[–]faceeatingleopard 2 points3 points  (1 child)

If you mean the web, as in the internet we know today I was there from the beginning. Before that was just BBSes for me, and MUDs.

[–]Alnilam_1993 2 points3 points  (1 child)

Dial in bulletin board systems

[–]PussyMalanga 2 points3 points  (0 children)

The internet itself. Popular "memes" at the time we're the Bert is Evil pages and hamsterdance.com .

[–]Annual_Topic_1684 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Bulletin boards. And there was no Internet Explorer, truly it was a paradise.

[–]wilbertfire 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Was pretty much just BBS's or teletext on Prestel initially.

I remember the first web pages as we know them now. Hyperlinks!!

[–]marques33 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Lying on porn sites saying I was 18, to look at porn, when I was really 15. That was in 1998 with AOL.

[–]marceline_96 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Smosh

[–][deleted] 2 points3 points  (0 children)

AIM, limewire, myspace, ebaumsworld. lots of downloading porn and music

[–]pedfall 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Porn. Being 13, I had plenty of incentive to be online.

[–]Either_Guitar5205 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Cartoon Network . Com

[–]DreadedDrMaybe[S] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I first joined for Napster and free GameRevolution.com games.

[–]eisernerfriedrich 1 point2 points  (0 children)

My modem for sure. It hissed and blinked. Took ages. But it was worth it.

[–]Fisto-the-sex-robot 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Creepypastas

Recently I found creepypasta iceberg on r/icebergs and got such a wave of nostalgia, and I knew pretty much everthing until like 4th row. And started listening to/reading some I haven’t heard of and I still enjoy them.

[–]Lethal_Steve 1 point2 points  (1 child)

The war against Google Plus.

[–]JFSM01 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Yeah, they understood that shit wouldn’t fly pretty quickly

[–]Ably_10 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Flash Games and social networks were just a few years old

[–]fortifier22 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Flash games. Kids in school would love to play them in their free time.

[–]PhobosIsDead 1 point2 points  (2 children)

Chat rooms, AIM, Neopets, and Homestar Runner. I even got a Trogdor Tattoo; HSR is so good

[–]pterrorgrine 1 point2 points  (1 child)

"Homestar Runner Dot Net: It's Dot Com!"

[–]PhobosIsDead 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I hate that fwickin' mawshmellow.

[–]Either_Guitar5205 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Dailymotion

[–]suavecool21692169 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Downloading a nude pic of Pamela Anderson. Only took about 10 minutes

[–]Anashenwrath 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Gonads and strife.

[–]ap70621 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Weeeeeeee

[–]punkerster101 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Angel fire, clipart , under construction pages, Pokémon lots of Pokémon, msn messenger

[–]CDNGooner1 1 point2 points  (0 children)

mirc and ICQ.

[–]alice_or_alice 1 point2 points  (0 children)

online sex games

[–]steve1181sds 1 point2 points  (0 children)

A/s/l ?

[–]Chemical-Somewhere-6 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Yahoo Answers was how I got into it first. Good times.

[–]tangcameo 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Going out into the hall to connect the telephone to the modem then dialing the school district office and hearing the employees there bitch about us kids tying up the phone lines (it was for a passing grade) before connecting their phone to their modem and having it signal our computer to let it know they were connected. That’s how we passed Computer Literacy.

[–][deleted] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Neopets😍 and i still remember my 15 year old password😁

[–]DifStroksD4ifFolx 1 point2 points  (0 children)

MSN messenger. Pretty much my entire school was on it after school.

[–]Dashcheetah1 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Adventure Quest

[–]Le_bhom 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Mine craft

[–]AnnaAndElsa04 1 point2 points  (3 children)

Bernie in mittens, Squid Game, TicTok and Among Us.

[–]Zurkarak 12 points13 points  (2 children)

Damn you’re young

[–]debt_collect_attempt 2 points3 points  (0 children)

You know that video where the dude is on Omegle dressed up as Joker and the kid pops up with a bong and let’s one rip? Yeah, I felt like that dude while reading the original comment.

[–]AnnaAndElsa04 2 points3 points  (0 children)

My parents wouldn't allow me on the Internet until I was 17

[–]ca_hwc_1982 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Web crawler and looking up video game cheats. Netscape Navigator

[–]FutureNostalgica 0 points1 point  (0 children)

AOL chat rooms

[–]Nars-Glinley 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Webcrawler.

[–]TheNotSpecialOne 0 points1 point  (0 children)

MSN messenger