Share an "early Internet" piece that's nostalgic for you

Oct 27, 2017
1,502
#51


I learned how to roleplay on the forums there.

...that ability has somehow transformed into countless opportunities to travel, several living situations, and numerous ex-girlfriends. Go figure.
Man, I remember this site taking like 10 minutes to load on dial up lol
 
Oct 25, 2017
996
#62
Not that early but still.

I miss MSN. Skype replacing it has been awful and somehow, years later, they still haven't incorporated the same functionality MSN had. Nowadays Discord seems to be the defacto standard, but that has a bunch of issues on its own.

Most of my early memories are of MUSHes and MUDs. Fortunately a lot of them are still up and have all their 90's-ass brand of humor and world building intact.
 
Jan 17, 2018
1,037
Mexico CIty
#79
Gaudy as fuck gifs everywhere. Shit took forever to load too.



Don't forget the 'Under Construction' gifs at the bottom of the page along with the visitor counter.





And who could forget Timecube.

The Old Wild West of the Internet. Decentrilized, (mostly) unmonetized, back when every kid or wacko with an idea and some free time could create a Geocities page with a couple photos of Alicia Silverstone and call it a fanpage.
 
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Oct 25, 2017
1,298
SoCal
#86
The ImagiNation Network by Sierra Online


This was the first place I ever visited online back in 1994, mostly because it was installed on my girlfriend's 486SX PC. Prior to that, there were a couple of local BBS's that I visited on my old Apple IIe/c clone, but those were local (I wasn't going to pay long distance charges) and I knew most of the people there in real life. INN was the first place I visited that truly felt new and interesting, since I was able to play and communicate with people from all over the country (but most most seemed to be in California).

It was a breath of fresh air for me, since I was mostly surrounded by poor white trash and could never talk about stuff I was actually interested in, or hear perspectives from people from different walks of life. That goofy picture above turned out to be my doorway to a larger world, since it gave me a taste of possibilities available online. Within weeks, I had a CompuServe account, found out how to access newsgroups & IRC, and eventually connected to people & orgs that changed my life.
 
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Oct 27, 2017
5,813
#89
I tried looking for some very early internet stuff like 95-97 stuff and it's mostly on wayback machines. It's amazing how little of it is left now.

But the under construction gifs always get me waxing nostalgic.

In my search, I found some guy who compiled a whole lot of them

http://textfiles.com/underconstruction/

Some samples




 
Oct 29, 2017
885
#90
I recently found my backups of really old images I collected from long-defunct internet forums from when I first got online. It was a huge nostalgia trip.

You can check out all the junk here. It's mostly stuff from old Mega Man forums I used to lurk. Back then, an animated gif in your avatar or signature was all you needed to be cool.
 
Oct 25, 2017
4,645
The Research Triangle
#91
Nowhere near as successful as the famed antihero, I’m afraid. I’m a small-time con who has struck solid roommate-related financial arrangements, enjoyed a few romances until I craved the grave, and — and this one’s great — I’ve received free cheeseburgers once or twice.

...unless, like, you’re asking me if my forum handle was Tom Ripley, in which case, no, it was something utterly lame and early-teen like Jeff Nomura or Hiroshi Nomura or god only knows what else...