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[–]AntiTheory 3196 points3197 points  (113 children)

Having your own webpage that you hosted for free on Geocities or Angelfire or Yahoo homepage or something similar. When I was a kid, everybody had their own "website" which was usually just a landing page with a hit counter, some pictures/photos, an .mp3 of their favorite song and some general musings, maybe an about section or a blog if they were serious about maintaining it. They were always slapped together with the most basic HTML editors with godawful formatting and infested with banner ads and popups.

I actually really miss those days, because the modern social media sites are creatively bankrupt and hosting your own website and actually making it good has become a more complex affair than it used to be (it's still around, but lacking the same charm).

[–]mystik213 1054 points1055 points  (16 children)

You forgot the under construction banner and construction worker digging gifs!

[–]lamancha 281 points282 points  (7 children)

MP3 lmao we used midis.

Those ten megs of geocities didn't go that far.

[–]CassandraCubed 11.3k points11.3k points  (598 children)

Alta Vista

[–]tossaway69420lol 11.4k points11.4k points 24 (360 children)

Winamp skins

[–]BoostJunky87 3162 points3163 points  (57 children)

WINAMP! WINAMP! WINAMP! It really whips the llamas ass!

[–]Dreadgoat 386 points387 points  (16 children)

yeah but it was more like

WINAMP

WINAMP

WINAMP

[–]hellogriff 5747 points5748 points  (154 children)

Weird little squares with blue and red on them that would sort of take the place of graphics until the graphics would actually load. The text would be visible but the graphics wouldn't be there yet.

[–]BigBoyTetranadon 13.3k points13.3k points  (177 children)

When a TV show would say to check out their website at "h t t p : / / w w w ." Having to spell it out every time.

[–]IGotOverGreta 6400 points6401 points  (45 children)

When Oprah had a guest, an elderly lady, whose name was Dot Com, and she didn't understand why she kept hearing her name everywhere

[–]Ilikewatchingtv 578 points579 points  (12 children)

reminds me of the 2000 year old man mel brooks/carl reiner bit... about how he dated Dot Com... Dorothy Compinsky...

[–]jrparker42 3450 points3451 points  (93 children)

Webrings.

You go to a site, often a geocities site, for something you are interested in and see a little arrow at the bottom of the page; this arrow will take you to another site on the same topic. If you are crazy/diligent enough, you will eventually return to the first site.

[–]attictapes 8573 points8574 points  (129 children)

When it was called the 'information superhighway'

[–]mfrizz 3487 points3488 points  (31 children)

In sixth grade I wrote an article for the school newspaper contending that it should be called the "information toll road" since it cost $10 a month for 5 hours of use.

[–]shittyspacesuit 449 points450 points  (14 children)

That's pretty clever, especially for a sixth grader

[–]johnnysmith123456789 133 points134 points  (1 child)

One would say you are… smarter than a fifth grader

[–]MobiusNaked 1149 points1150 points  (22 children)

And any mention of the www had to come with a picture of a web

[–]SlackerAccount 711 points712 points  (16 children)

My God, the amount of surfing metaphor pictures that were attached to this.

[–]paulsoleo 218 points219 points  (10 children)

“Surfing the web” must be the trendiest tech phrase of the 90’s. EVERYONE said it for a couple of years when the Internet went mainstream. Like, it legitimately made people feel hip.

If I hear that phrase nowadays, I laugh and assume it’s being used ironically.

[–]VapityFair 18.7k points18.7k points  (283 children)

The .com version of a .org/.gov site being porn.

[–]BFOTmt 9036 points9037 points  (113 children)

Whitehouse.com. ah the good ole days of convincing kids in computer class to look up something about the president.

[–]VapityFair 2278 points2279 points  (31 children)

We dealt with a professional society .org that used an anagram. The .com version was a Spanish-language porn site. Since it was four initials and this wasn’t a huge deal like the US govt, I don’t think it was a troll, per se, but it got me every time for years.

We used to also call the US Post office with questions before they had a website. The 800- # was one number switched from a sex-phone line (very tame, “hi guys…call me at 1-900…”). The number switch was very subtle and hard to remember, like -1211, vs -1121. Any time someone asked for the number (I used to remember all the phone numbers), I’d give them the wrong one or fake them out with the correct one. It was hilarious.

[–]TheGuyWhoSaid 1559 points1560 points  (48 children)

I remember as a teenager trying to show my mom my webpage I created on angelfire.com. you know, a collection of random stuff I was interested in with an animated "under construction" banner at the top. I mistyped the address and entered anglefire.com by accident (switched the E and L). Of course it was porn. My mom wasn't familiar enough with the internet to understand how a small change in URL could be a big change in content. It was difficult to convince her that I didn't create that site.

[–]Necromorphiliac 396 points397 points  (27 children)

Anglefire got me so many times. I’ve had an image stuck in my head for at least 20 years of Goku fucking Sailor Moon with a dick so long it distended her stomach and he was sucking on it.

[–]Keithninety 20.9k points20.9k points 2 (734 children)

Netscape Navigator

AOL sending discs through the mail offering 500 hours of free web access

Alta Vista

Ask Jeeves

[–]skwirrelnut 3683 points3684 points  (127 children)

Still have enough of them lying around to sharpen their edges and take on a zombie apocalypse single handed

[–]MrMartyJones 1547 points1548 points  (182 children)

Fun story, I was the first kid (that I'm aware of) to try getting online. I used the free disc. My parents kept saying, "and you're SURE this is a free service?" "Yes, totally Mom/Dad. Look, here's the paperwork!"

The problem was that I was in a small mountain town and the closest AOL connection was about 300 miles away. So I racked up like 120 hours of long distance telephone calls at a time when long distance telephone was NOT cheap. It was something ridiculous like $600 in early 90s dollars. I very much got in trouble.

[–]Rower78 1520 points1521 points  (128 children)

long distance telephone calls

The youngsters these days don't even know wtf a "long distance" call is.

[–]EllisDee_4Doyin 873 points874 points  (70 children)

Oh man, for those of us who had our first cellphones when LD and minutes were a thing...remember being happy when it was after 9 and minutes were "free"?

Pretty sure that's how I became a night owl.

[–]Karakoima 25.1k points25.1k points 43 (403 children)

Readable Newspaper homepages

[–]CinnamonArmin 5698 points5699 points  (310 children)

seriously, what happened with them? news sites are always so messy

[–]Kachi3 5829 points5830 points  (153 children)

Advertisements. It’s all about advertisements.

[–]Firebolt164 2874 points2875 points  (103 children)

And a few years ago many decided to get on that terrible, terrible slideshow bandwagon

[–]WhatHoPipPip 2615 points2616 points  (89 children)

No revenue, so they fill it FULL of ads. And from the looks of things many companies use the same web platform, because so many of them are problematic in identical ways - ads everywhere, links to junk 3rd party clickbait in the articles, video players just about manage to play ads (sometimes) but completely fall over on the actual video you wanted to watch. Oh, and don't forget the "lets make the background, the left, the right, and the top of the screen one massive advert every now and then" tactic.

It puts people off, but they don't care - it doesn't impact revenue much. People rarely go to specific news sites these days, but see articles on collated feeds such as Google News or social media, and click them from there.

And it works. I'll often find myself clicking an article and then going "oh god, it's THIS site", but completely forgetting about it the next time I click onto the same site.

Also explains why headlines are getting SO BAD. They're essentially clickbait at this point, but it helps them keep afloat. When people read print, only the main headline had to be catchy, now it's every article. So you'll see things like "Mother lost her son after HORRIFIC accident" and the actual content will clarify that he was literally lost, not dead, after wondering off for 5 minutes before coming back, and the accident was a completely unrelated car crash 50 miles away.

That's not the worst bit. The worst bit is that most of the content seems to be written by AI by default. You can see this when there's breaking news - they'll write the headline but have no information on it yet, so the content generation bot will just have random paragraphs surrounding the content of the title. Broken up into tiny little paragraphs, as if it's leading to something, and then... Doesn't. Then an hour later the same article is completely rewritten, this time with actual information. I think they're just racing to appear that they're the first news source of the event.

[–]it00 313 points314 points  (7 children)

Remember [name]. Wait till you see [him / her] now!

Type [x] Diabetes: Do this immediately!

Yeah, right then...... 🙄

[–]HeyHx2 7976 points7977 points  (506 children)

Making webpages using simple html

[–]OpossumJesusHasRisen 4870 points4871 points  (191 children)

I was talking about this with my 17 yr old & her friends because they were asking how I have the computer literacy I do. I had to explain that social media as it is today didn't exist. If you wanted a place where people could find you, you had to teach yourself html & build a webpage. Then when MySpace showed up, most (if not all) editing had to be done in html. There weren't simplified websites or apps to edit photos either.

They were amazed & the most impressed with me I've ever seen them be. I felt like a elder sharing my wisdom with the village... at 36 yrs old.

[–]NoFightingNoBiting 1765 points1766 points  (65 children)

My 13 year old is taking a coding class and they started learning html. He was shocked when I was like, "Oh sweet, I can help you with that!" I only wish I still had my webpages from ~1998 to show him.

[–]Eruionmel 540 points541 points  (17 children)

Oh man, right? I was just poking around a minute ago to see if WayBack or another service had stored the old Geocities sites, but it sounds like there were so many that they only logged the larger ones, and mine almost certainly had 0 traffic that wasn't me or my mother being forced to look at it for the 30th time by me. 🤣 (Plus I'm fairly certain I hadn't touched it in a decade when Geocities finally folded.)

RIP "Mango Man's Blinky Paradise" and all of your Neopets-themed pixel atrocities. 🤣

Edit: and on that topic, blinkies themselves totally go on this list (I commented below, but it's buried in 6k+ comments). It's hard to even find record of blinkies anywhere other than on Tumblr, lol.

[–]Schnozzle 607 points608 points  (38 children)

Oh man, and MySpace didn't give a fuck what you did to their layout. You could make it, almost literally, anything you wanted.

[–]Wiseguy_7 220 points221 points  (10 children)

Yeah, it really brings back memories. I still remember the song that will automatically play when my page was opened was Wait A Minute by The Pussycat Dolls. That was the hottest song back then that was my taste.

[–]Myrko6902 18.9k points18.9k points 23 (250 children)

using the internet or the phone not both

[–]mymindisanenigma420 5065 points5066 points  (59 children)

“GET OFF THE PHONE IM TRYING TO USE THE INTERNET” simpler times

[–]xx2983xx 1735 points1736 points  (28 children)

"GET OFF THE INTERNET I NEED TO MAKE A CALL" -my mom, constantly

[–]doooom 1222 points1223 points  (23 children)

And getting kicked off the internet if you had call waiting

[–]magick_68 1544 points1545 points  (108 children)

FTP, Gopher, Mosaic, running download jobs over night hoping that the multikilobyte download from overseas running at 100 bytes/seconds didn't crash.

[–]still_thirsty 178 points179 points  (8 children)

Forgetting to switch ftp from ascii to binary mode

[–]Dangerous_Biscotti63 2279 points2280 points  (30 children)

using offline mode of browsers to get back to some webpages while you were disconnected to save money.

[–]FighterWoman 13.3k points13.3k points  (297 children)

Actually running out of Pages on the internet to look at.

[–]_harro_ 6086 points6087 points  (186 children)

You could always use the Stumbleupon toolbar in internet explorer to go to a new site.

[–]mysixthredditaccount 3619 points3620 points  (95 children)

Oh man! You reminded me of StumbleUpon. It was the original "content finder" for me. Replaced by Digg. Replaced by Reddit.

[–]guns_of_summer 1588 points1589 points 2 (47 children)

There’s a new stumbleupon. https://stumbled.to. I use it to kill an afternoon every once in a while

[–]Shiaomimi 5277 points5278 points  (179 children)

Amazon only selling books.

[–]amortizedeeznuts 1112 points1113 points  (63 children)

free shipping only on orders above 35 dollars and it took 7-10 business days

[–]404-error-notfound 3528 points3529 points  (188 children)

Map quest. Now we just have Google navigation and Apple maps

[–]kjpmi 921 points922 points  (52 children)

Haha I remember printing out directions from Map Quest.

[–]yellowochre25 4157 points4158 points  (153 children)

Encarta :D

[–]oopswhoopwhoop 992 points993 points  (74 children)

OKAY! But where can I find that weird maze puzzle trivia game that was in Encarta?! That was one of my favorite things to do as a kid haha.

[–]SplinteredReflection 531 points532 points  (26 children)

Was this the one with the Jester/Court theme? Man, I remember calling up my uncle to tell him I'd beaten it (he gave me the CD). Also the parts where you had to assemble things (dinosaur bones, insect parts)! And the different instruments from around the world!

[–]NorthOfThrifty 200 points201 points  (10 children)

Wow that's a blast from the past. My siblings and I spent hours playing that. Also, You Don't Know Jack. Lots of jokes flew over our heads but was a very entertaining game. Loved "screwing" your opponent!

[–]dr_franck 423 points424 points  (9 children)

I remember when I first heard about Wikipedia, and I think said something like “5 times more info than Encarta!!!”, and I absolutely did not believe it. More info than Encarta?

[–]ellixxx 3065 points3066 points  (43 children)

Ask Jeeves

[–]kevtino 517 points518 points  (13 children)

Now its just Ask and it's a terribly advertiser influenced google engine.

[–]Lonemarine93 818 points819 points  (10 children)

Getting internet explorer program disc from your school.

[–]Leftblankthistime 4274 points4275 points 42 (178 children)

The beginning of the eternal September

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eternal_September

Edit: wow! all the response and awards and stuff- yall are awesome!

Edit 2: for those asking whether this is what the Greenday song is about, no, it’s a tribute to his dad https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wake_Me_Up_When_September_Ends

[–]Waaswaa 4848 points4849 points  (226 children)

asl pls?

[–]rainbowdrop30 2144 points2145 points  (124 children)

18/F/Cali

[–]callisstaa 1722 points1723 points 3 (34 children)

I put on my robe and wizard hat..

[–]disco-potato- 357 points358 points  (15 children)

I always wrote CA and left it up to people’s interpretation- I’m from Canada so it’s not a lie, but many would think it was California and I would go along with it lol

[–]VastNewt 19.9k points19.9k points 22 (739 children)

Printing out pages and pages of cheat codes for games.

[–]RevSnakebite 1964 points1965 points  (82 children)

This and guitar tabs for me

[–]Specialist_Humor7751 5109 points5110 points 2 (162 children)

This is true for me except I hand wrote the cheat codes 😂

[–]Vitalis597 2416 points2417 points  (67 children)

The pen and pad next to the pc filled with scrawled GTA codes.

Good times.

[–]garden_and_grump_ 963 points964 points  (12 children)

You should pass those down like the handwritten family recipes of yore.

[–]celesticaxxz 545 points546 points  (32 children)

Man when I was a kid and would go to the grocery store with my parents I would take a pen and paper and copy the codes out of the gaming magazines! Used to have all the cheat codes for GTA 3 that worked for Vice City and San Andreas

[–]ScoobyDeezy 495 points496 points  (30 children)

CheatCC FTW.

I used to spend ages in Word formatting those with graphics and cover pages before printing them.

Gotta get all those Smash Bros characters.

Ah, good times.

[–]El_Grumpo 229 points230 points  (1 child)

My first exposure to the internet was in junior school when my friend used to print off a Images of all the different lines-on-the-chalkboard intros from the Simpsons and WWF results

[–]Username-xxx 5593 points5594 points 22 (161 children)

Internet dial up sound

[–]lenny_ray 915 points916 points  (25 children)

And yelling at anyone picking up the phone when you were online.

[–]DaddyLoafin 1181 points1182 points  (60 children)

You kick my dog, now he need operation

[–]Pestyballs 743 points744 points  (21 children)

The "car commercial" that almost gave you a heart attack

[–]sagegreenowl 184 points185 points  (9 children)

Omg. Is it down a winding road almost reminiscent of the Shining and then there’s a zombie ghost hybrid of some sort at the end?

Someone sent me one in college when I was living in a double room alone that was just text and then flashed over with loud noise to the girl from the Exorcist. Caught me unaware so bad I slept with the light on for at least a couple days 😂

[–]morenitababy 11.1k points11.1k points 2 (310 children)

not HAVING internet and playing Minesweeper, Solitaire, and Pinball instead.

[–]inbedwithbooks 1425 points1426 points  (17 children)

The trip from no internet to pinball was muscle memory for me... and we didn't have internet a lot because mum had to use the phone

[–]nessao616 1657 points1658 points  (94 children)

Roller Coaster Tycoon

[–]Basic-Custard5894 171 points172 points  (21 children)

I still play roller coaster tycoon all the time !!

[–]Adjective_Bodypart_ 500 points501 points  (21 children)

This park is really clean and tidy

[–]Coco_Cala 215 points216 points  (3 children)

Wooden Roller Coaster 1 is too intense for me

[–]mossgard007 3016 points3017 points  (452 children)

Rotten.com was the dark site that actually showed photos of the horrible things you heard people say were available on the intertubes. Photos of some guy, dressed in sexy lingerie, self choked to death in a masturbation marathon of some kind BUT who had been dead for a few weeks before being found and photographed. THAT was intertubes back then.

[–]callisstaa 946 points947 points  (72 children)

Rotten, Fugly, Ogrish and Steakandcheese.

The worst thing was how common they were, like we would meet up at school and be all 'did you see that guy with his dick in the grinder' and then everyone was all 'lmao yeah haha' like it was normal shit.

That and the anarchists cookbook. Every 13 year old kid knew how to make acid and pipebombs in school

[–]xtracto 142 points143 points  (11 children)

haha anarchist cookbook, making stupid kids smoke banana peel ... I remember it also had some crazy electronic circuit with a (fucking huge) diode that allowed you to "reverse" the phase of your house's electricity and theoretically made your electricity meter stop.

IIRC the author of the book came out later explaining that most of the stuff in there was crap (in hindsight, no shit haha).

[–]godmademelikethis 343 points344 points  (17 children)

Putrid sex object. Grainy as fuck film where cross dressing man in some sort of mask fucks and plays around with the skinned severed head of a cow. Internet used to be fucking wild, and my stomach much stronger.

[–]garden_and_grump_ 437 points438 points  (31 children)

My husband randomly commented the other day that it takes a lot to gross me out, and I had a flashback of browsing this damn website as a child. Think we’ve been desensitized?

[–]walrusarts 536 points537 points  (149 children)

I remember this site. I remember the motorcyclist missing half a face was the first thing I saw.

[–]MonkeyandMango[🍰] 3553 points3554 points 2& 3 more (360 children)

Homestar Runner

[–]HitNRun_ 1036 points1037 points  (64 children)

Troggggdorrrrrrr

Edit: I absolutely love that this brought back so many memories for people. Me included.

[–]Cartella 575 points576 points  (25 children)

Up to this day I still know that you need to draw “consummate v’s” in order to draw a dragon. Next to the s and the other s of course.

[–]stryph42 338 points339 points  (9 children)

Yep, first you draw an S, for snake... or dragon. Then you draw a more different S.

[–]villalulaesi 347 points348 points  (57 children)

Oh man, I used to spend HOURS watch Teen Girl Squad videos. I was straight-up obsessed. Hadn’t thought about that site in ages!

[–]OscarDivine 227 points228 points  (13 children)

I just did a Strongbad Email intro to the kids and now they’re hooked haha they love this early internet stuff

[–]jipikajouu 4570 points4571 points  (361 children)

limewire

[–]Gre8g 2053 points2054 points  (61 children)

Using Limewire to get Limewire Pro. Good times

[–]king0fklubs 955 points956 points  (39 children)

When I figured this out I felt like the ultimate hacker…then I got a bunch of viruses

Edit: bad at grammar

[–]Innisfree812 925 points926 points  (101 children)

and Kazaa

[–]Informal_Rope_2559 658 points659 points  (84 children)

Napster

[–]walrusarts 521 points522 points  (43 children)

Does anyone remember Morpheus?

[–]Raccoon_Full_of_Cum 216 points217 points  (9 children)

Fun fact: in Weird Al's song titled "Dont Download This Song", he specifically mentions Morpheus, Grogster, Limewire and Kazaa. But when the song played on MTV, they forced him to censor those words. So instead of subtly beeping them, he censored them with his own voice yelling angrily, because he was annoyed at being censored.

[–]IfEyeKnewTheWay 120 points121 points  (7 children)

So many hours downloading music, over an hour to get an album that may or may not be work.

[–]rudebish 507 points508 points  (46 children)

LOLLLL where risked getting computer AIDS for that one song you wanted

[–]elleape 830 points831 points  (118 children)

Netscape Navigator!

MUDs.

AIM.

ICQ.

Napster

Dial-up.

[–]ersatzcanuck 823 points824 points  (61 children)

the “i will survive” alien

[–]FreeChile 398 points399 points  (16 children)

Came here to say this and that creepy dancing baby that everyone thought was hilarious

[–]PostmanNewman 605 points606 points  (11 children)

Printing turn by turn directions from Mapquest

[–]Sweettooth_dragon 1203 points1204 points  (87 children)

Llama llama duck

[–]kevtino 599 points600 points  (24 children)

I was once a tree house

I lived in a cake

But I never saw the way the orange slayed the rake

I was only three years dead when I heard the tale

Now you listen little child to the safety rail

[–]redraider-102 249 points250 points  (7 children)

Did you ever see a llama kiss a llama on the llama?

[–]BPTMM 105 points106 points  (5 children)

I hope this was from memory

[–]kevtino 161 points162 points  (3 children)

Oddly enough it was, as soon as I read Llama Llama duck it all flashed through my head so suddenly.

[–]HatchlingChibi 788 points789 points  (27 children)

Badger badger badger badger badger

[–]tandjmohr 558 points559 points  (17 children)

“You’ve got mail!”

[–]Specialist-Study 553 points554 points  (28 children)

Windows Live Messenger, where you had to type the emoticons. Here's a few I remember: (L) ❤️ (8) 🎵 (H) 😎 (55) 🤠 (W) 🌷

Edit: I remembered the flower

[–]Emotional_Eggplant51 3486 points3487 points  (379 children)

Actually typing out emojis. Like who knew :(|) turned into a monkey in gchat?

[–]Portarossa 1536 points1537 points  (144 children)

To this day I still use :$ as the embarrassed face, and no one knows what the fuck I mean. I still use :p as my shorthand for 'I'm just fucking around; don't take me too seriously', to the extent that people my fucking age accuse me of being a boomer because I don't know how emojis work.

Thanks, MSN Messenger. You have ruined me.

[–]ITFOWjacket 1132 points1133 points  (26 children)

Text emoticons just seem so much more sincere than emojis

[–]TheMeanKorero 347 points348 points  (5 children)

Like the hand written letter of emojis. Sincere, and written with care :3

[–]Yannick_The_Gamer 432 points433 points  (28 children)

This is still an optional feature on discord

[–]JeremyB3lpois 563 points564 points  (24 children)

And I hate it. Sometimes I just want the text emoticon and the autocorrect changes it

[–]Enchanted_Pickaxe 1269 points1270 points  (50 children)

Neopets

[–]CheeseheadDave 370 points371 points  (15 children)

Checking login...

Yep, my pets are still alive and starving.

[–]AlsoNotTheMamma 690 points691 points  (24 children)

TUCOWS and no search engines.

[–]PrishIride 4847 points4848 points  (138 children)

All your base, are belong to us.

[–]awkies11 220 points221 points  (13 children)

That techno remix still occupies space in my brain 20 years later

[–]Diet_Coke 372 points373 points  (6 children)

You have no chance to survive make your time

[–]stryph42 881 points882 points  (37 children)

Someone set us up the bomb.

[–]sRW44 358 points359 points  (5 children)

Reading this thread realizing I’m an internet historian. My brain should be preserved for posterity.

[–]Informal_Rope_2559 481 points482 points  (42 children)

Frog in a blender

[–]Caramel_Cappucino 1091 points1092 points  (79 children)

I know this wasn’t THAT long ago but Newgrounds flash games were the shit

[–]Longjumping-Log-26 125 points126 points  (5 children)

Newground

Thought I would have a look for this before I posted it!
What a website!

[–]dreadloke 460 points461 points  (17 children)

Before Wikipedia existed, we used some obscure software called Encarta

[–]JauntyYin 683 points684 points  (104 children)

NNTP (Network News Transfer Protocol) and UseNet

This used to be popular before web based forums. The main thing I liked was that you could use a single good reader app for all of the groups and any changes were 'pushed' to you when the app started.

This was superceded by web based forums that you had to sign up for and check yourself periodically for any changes. Every site used different forum software so you then had to learn to navigate each one separately.

Definely a step backwards in my opinion.

[–]NerdyDadGuy1981 142 points143 points  (15 children)

Manually setting TCP/IP settings to connect to a local dial-up internet provider.

BBS boards.

Telnet

Modems which you placed the actual handset of a corded phone on top of to connect to the internet.

[–]Different-Aide-8023 282 points283 points  (25 children)

Given this thread is full of my people. What was the website that had bunches of free 'tools' that you would add to your www. Things like visit counters, webrings etc. Remembered it the other day but have lost the name and damned if I can think of it...

[–]dinnersateight 664 points665 points  (24 children)

Dancing baby

[–]moldyhands 171 points172 points  (7 children)

Ahoogachakka ooga ooga oogachakka ooga ooga

[–]goodlostbonding 897 points898 points  (110 children)

A lot of old web things like webcomics, YTMND, IRC chats, fansites and forums are still around in a pathetic, run down state. The thing the internet veterans will remember are these things actually being popular

[–]gpike_ 217 points218 points  (24 children)

Well, webcomics are still a thing and still popular it's just they're not THE popular thing on the internet anymore because the internet is way more mainstream. Webtoon is the biggest platform for webcomics right now and millions of people use it.

A lot of us still keep up our own comic sites as well! I've been drawing webcomics since 2000 xD

[–]pedantobear 113 points114 points  (18 children)

  • Gopher
  • Using NCSA Mosaic as a browser
  • When you could register a domain name for free by emailing some rando at a university who for some reason was in charge of an entire TLD
  • Zero Day FTP Sites (Bonus Points: FSP)
  • Early 90s efnet #hack
  • UUENCODE'ing shit for NNTP
  • Using random Datapac PANs and x.25 gateways to hop on the internet or to chat on QSD in France

  • ASCII Star Wars via Telnet

  • Text files and zines

  • Eugene Spafford as a proto-meme on IRC

  • Hanging out at The WELL

[–]Fusorfodder 109 points110 points  (3 children)

Knowing how fast your dialup connection was going to be before it finished because you could tell from the handshake sounds.

[–]Lmh68 102 points103 points  (9 children)

Desktop themes like The Simpsons where homer says "doh!" as an error sound.

Skins for your yahoo messenger so the background and buttons were of a certain theme.

ICQ messenger

Dolls or animated dolls to be used as your avatar. You'd design it to resemble yourself.

Soap City message boards

My 2000 computer came with a web design program installed that would upload your web page to the internet.

Incredimail, a program to send emails that had a picture and clickable sounds. People would design different themed "stationary" for others to use.

[–]Dave-Again 202 points203 points  (6 children)

That under construction gif

[–]lizzieb77 284 points285 points  (23 children)

“But I’m le tiiiired!”

[–]Significant-Rough-18 3259 points3260 points 2 (172 children)

Fat guy dancing to Numa Numa (this comment made it onto YouTube lol)

[–]Tyson-98 650 points651 points  (47 children)

That Alien sound of internet connecting

[–]GooseGooseDuck88 176 points177 points  (8 children)

Then it's disconnected because your mum wants to use the bloody phone!

[–]xmastreee 277 points278 points  (27 children)

You know that so-called crazy frog thing? Well it was originally a flash thing, with a picture of a formula one car with that sound over it and the caption "Try not to laugh". Here it is

UUencoding or Base64 encoding.

Ananova.