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What do you miss about the early days of the www?

I know it sounds odd, but I kind of miss that sound that connected you to the Internet and then the booming, "You've got mail!".

Listen to the sound at the link and share your memories..

by Anonymousreply 8611/30/2012

I miss it too.

by Anonymousreply 104/04/2012

I miss the innocence. When it comes to the world wide web now I feel jaded, question everyone and everything (including wikipedia), and hate the commercial store front it became.

by Anonymousreply 204/04/2012

I didn't use the web until a few years ago. It's sometimes nasty, somtimes friendly, sometimes informative, sometimes full of lies, but I love it.

by Anonymousreply 304/04/2012

What R2 said.

I miss the excitement of finding new web sites, meeting people all around the world who shared common interests, the goofy AOL chat rooms. Now the novelty has worn off and it's all routine.

by Anonymousreply 404/04/2012

Getting stuck in an endless XXX porn loop of pop up ads.

by Anonymousreply 504/04/2012

I miss small oddball message boards.

by Anonymousreply 604/04/2012

do AOL chat roo,s still exist? those were fun!

by Anonymousreply 704/04/2012

I miss simple, text-only websites. Drives me nuts to click on a news story and have to wait for an ad or two to play and then wade through a news clip. I could have read the story half a dozen times by the time the video is finally over.

by Anonymousreply 804/04/2012

You could tell someone that you had eight inches and they'd believe it without pictures to back it up.

by Anonymousreply 904/04/2012

I hate that everyone is online now. In the early days, it was mostly just the truly computer-savvy online. Definitely much more intelligent back then. With the advent of social networking in the last ten years, the web went completely to shit, and the Internet is profuse with idiots.

by Anonymousreply 1004/04/2012

I miss the insane deals retailers offered back when most people were afraid to shop online.

by Anonymousreply 1104/04/2012


AOL message boards and chat rooms

by Anonymousreply 1204/04/2012

The early modems ("It's 56k baud!") with that connection tone -- bzzzzt errrrr eeeeee bzzzzt. Bulletin boards. Text only multi-player games ("You're in a cave with three objects nearby when there is a noise behind you...")

by Anonymousreply 1304/04/2012

The web was so much better last year.

by Anonymousreply 1404/04/2012

What replaced message boards and chat rooms?

by Anonymousreply 1504/04/2012

I miss WebTV, believe it or not (I'm a techie and computer guy these days.) There were several gay oriented, internal Usenet-type forums which had some awesome members...some no longer with us...some I'm still in contact with...and some I've lost contact with. Texpol, if you lurk here (and I THINK you might), here's a shout out, you silly Corpus bad movie person.

by Anonymousreply 1604/04/2012

"The early modems ("It's 56k baud!") with that connection tone -- bzzzzt errrrr eeeeee bzzzzt."

I'd almost forgotten about that. Also, if you were on the computer and someone picked up the phone - you completely lost your internet connection. REALLY annoying when you were trying to send e-mail!

by Anonymousreply 1704/04/2012

[quote]"The early modems ("It's 56k baud!") with that connection tone -- bzzzzt errrrr eeeeee bzzzzt."

The link at my post (OP) has that sound. Take a listen! Ahhhhhhhh, memories....

by Anonymousreply 1804/04/2012

I miss the lack of organisational oversight of our online activities. I used to browse spanish gay porn sites during quiet times at work, until they made an example of a couple of my co-workers and told us we were all being watched. I used to like a lot of those daggy old geocities sites as well.

by Anonymousreply 1904/04/2012

remember when Gawker was really edgy and was pretty much the end all of websites?

There are NO good websites left except a couple of small ones that I will not say because I don;t want them to get ruined.

by Anonymousreply 2004/04/2012

[quote]There are NO good websites left except a couple of small ones that I will not say because I don;t want them to get ruined.

RUDE!!! But really, I don't blame you for not sharing.

by Anonymousreply 2104/04/2012

I miss Netscape!

by Anonymousreply 2204/04/2012

I remember when AOL finally logged on to the Big Internet. Good God, it was like ten million of your loud, rude, pimply, geeky little brothers and sisters arrived all of a sudden.

by Anonymousreply 2304/04/2012

I remember those IRC rooms and geocities. I miss the time when the internet wasn't all bells and whistles. No pop-up/obnoxious ads. Webpages were in its infancy, but it basically just had lots of words and few graphics.

What I miss the most is that not everyone in the damn world was on the www.

by Anonymousreply 2404/04/2012

I remember when people used their real names on their websites which would include a tour of their house, their address, and all sorts of personal information.

No one was scared.

And the Nigerian princes had yet to arrive.

by Anonymousreply 2504/05/2012

I LOVE it now, so much better.

For me, the web really took off with YouTube. It's sensational.

People really feel nostalgic for the strangest things it's ridiculous.

I hated dial up.

by Anonymousreply 2604/05/2012

[quote] I miss the time when the internet wasn't all bells and whistles. No pop-up/obnoxious ads. Webpages were in its infancy, but it basically just had lots of words and few graphics.

I hate most websites today because they are so loaded with extras. And I'm not talking entertainment sites but businesses as well. You go them and they have all diets of graphics, animation, Flash, music etc etc. Just give me the basics for what I need. I often select the lo-res option if it's available.

by Anonymousreply 2704/05/2012

"You go them and they have all diets of graphics, animation, Flash, music etc etc."

Not even sure what I meant to type. Thanks autocorrect!

by Anonymousreply 2804/05/2012

I adore YouTube but way too many ads these days. Even with the option to skip.

by Anonymousreply 2904/05/2012

Not a whole lot really. Plus I find my internet consumption keeps decreasing. Little by little I've gone to more Netflix and books. Oh yeah and back to the gym and just participating more in real life. Started up guitar lessons too.

by Anonymousreply 3004/05/2012

It was possible to fantasize about writing something somebody would read. Nowadays everybody is writing and nobody is reading on the internet.

by Anonymousreply 3104/05/2012

kiddie pron as far as the eye could see.

by Anonymousreply 3204/05/2012

Le Chateau

Le Chateau Dungeon

by Anonymousreply 3305/24/2012

Remember how we used to find our old high school classmates through It was so exciting to see an old classmates name listed. Now, they're all over Facebook, and you usually find out way too much disappointing information about them.

by Anonymousreply 3405/25/2012

I miss the days when the Internet was an opportunity to escape from your family, your neighbors, and your co-workers and engage in smart discussions with people who shared your quirky interests. Now, thanks to Facebook and other "social media," all the people who drive you crazy in real life are there to drive you crazy some more with their photos of their children and their links to silly cat videos.

by Anonymousreply 3505/25/2012

Interesting thread. I didn't start using the internet regularly until 2002 or so.

It would be so nice to participate in an intelligent conversation online without being constantly interrupted by morons and assholes.

Does anyone know if any discussion sites that do not cater to the idiocracy? That actively ban trolls?

by Anonymousreply 3605/25/2012

I won so much stuff when the bubble was on. I had a boring job, and became a compulsive net sweepsstaker.

Generally luckless at games, it poured from the sky. Then the bubble burst.

by Anonymousreply 3705/25/2012

Internet nostalgia. I feel so old.

by Anonymousreply 3805/25/2012


by Anonymousreply 3905/25/2012

Before corporations monetized it. When you could remain anonymous. When Hollywood gossip was real because you couldn't track down and publicize the person doing it. Before the cloud changed everything. Before the old fucks in Congress figured out what a computer was.

by Anonymousreply 4005/25/2012

I only visit four websites on a daily basis now. I'm not even curious about what is out there because Google will make sure I never see it.

by Anonymousreply 4105/25/2012

14.4 to 28.8 to 56k:

Leaving my computer on over night so I could download whatever crap i could get a hold of on Usenet (alt.binaries.XYZ) mp3s, apps, games, porn, disgusting pics, etc.

Crappy html websites that were easy as fuck to make with a WYSIWYG text editor.

Having mom pick up the phone in the kitchen, thus disconnecting me.

Getting the free discs from compuserve, gnn, aol, prodigy for 10 free hours and having to cancel or pay 3bux an hour afterwards.

Phishing on AOL to get on other ppls accounts.

And finally: Unlimited internet + my own phone line

by Anonymousreply 4205/25/2012

I remember when only online grainy pics got me to cum... due to overexposure to porn, only a particular type of video porn can get me off now.

by Anonymousreply 4305/25/2012

I remember how amazingly easy it was to hook up on AOL, actually. Profiles were easy to search. Same with the early days of Craigslist. I met a LOT of hot men that way!

People in general seemed to be more willing to be part of an online group. I remember meeting some really cool, nice people online.

by Anonymousreply 4405/25/2012

Those shitty Geocities and Angelfire vanity personal pages with tons of shiny things on them. Myspace filled that void albeit very briefly.

by Anonymousreply 4505/25/2012

Th Pink Princess and all the gang.

We actually used our real names. Very quaint.

by Anonymousreply 4605/25/2012

Are you it was

I wonder if I know you r46. The Pink Princess died. I often wonder about the woman who was doing a major reno of her N.Y. place and was getting a La Cornue oven. Amongst others. (Such as the infamous dweeb who fucked someone's cousin in the bathroom at an alt.showbiz gathering and many more...)

by Anonymousreply 4705/25/2012


by Anonymousreply 4805/25/2012

I miss the anticipation and excitement of downloading a pic of someone you were talking to on usernet with a slow dial up. Back then it was a slow disappointment. With the high speed connection today, you get to see the ugly right away.

by Anonymousreply 4905/25/2012

I remember the very first time I was able to access another site on the internet.I was thrilled. It took forever for the page to load. We had dial up. It was for a men's cologne I was using and I wanted to see if I could access the site. Back then anything that had a web address was a target for me.

by Anonymousreply 5005/25/2012

I had a WebTV, before a computer. It was pretty fun when I first discovered the Internet and newsgroups.

by Anonymousreply 5105/25/2012

I remember all those Google alt groups…..

Wish I had discovered DL back then as it sounds like it was quite the place to be.

by Anonymousreply 5205/25/2012

I miss the days when Goatse was just a misspelled name of an animal….

by Anonymousreply 5305/25/2012

Most of us were from alt.showbiz.gossip. I remember getting flamed from Linda C. for using HTML on my responses...yes, I was on WebTV.

Is Linda still here? I know some posters have passed on.

by Anonymousreply 5405/25/2012

[quote] I met a LOT of hot men that way!

Gee, you must be really picky.

by Anonymousreply 5505/25/2012

R22 Remember the pulsating/throbbing 'N'? LOL.

by Anonymousreply 5605/25/2012

[quote] What replaced message boards and chat rooms?


by Anonymousreply 5705/25/2012

I remember how excited I was when I was able to subscribe to this service that allowed you to see who was calling while you were online, avoiding the dreaded connection cut-off. The number calling would flash on the screen and you could accept the call or deny it, and the caller would get a message saying you'd call them back.

by Anonymousreply 5805/25/2012

[quote]I miss WebTV, believe it or not (I'm a techie and computer guy these days.) There were several gay oriented, internal Usenet-type forums which had some awesome members...some no longer with us...some I'm still in contact with...and some I've lost contact with. Texpol, if you lurk here (and I THINK you might), here's a shout out, you silly Corpus bad movie person.

I sure remember those days, remember the Men's forum? My favorite posters were Spikeman, Pokeee, TopGun, etc.

Those were the good ol days!

by Anonymousreply 5905/25/2012

PlanetOut became the gay area for AOL. Was a host there. Dealing with bashers

by Anonymousreply 6005/26/2012

I miss Mahir.

by Anonymousreply 6105/26/2012

The days before "do you want to cancel?"

by Anonymousreply 6205/26/2012

I do remember finding out about PlanetOut through the gay chat rooms on AOL. As a freshman at college in 1997, I remember trying to get on the PlanetOut site on the super slow connection in the computer lounge in the Union. Someone would come in and walk past and I'd try to click back on the browser but the Planetout page would be half-up, frozen, with the sassy black guy on there. My secret was out!

by Anonymousreply 6305/26/2012

It seemed so exciting then. I miss the newness. Now it's just "normal".

by Anonymousreply 6411/22/2012

OP, thanks. That sound brings back a lot of great memories.

by Anonymousreply 6511/22/2012

R4, I miss that, too, but it's not just routine. It's that we have lost much control. Google and, to a much smaller degree, other search sites, have their own algorithms that lock out a lot of stuff we used to be able to find. If you don't have an url for these tiny sites, you'll never find them.

by Anonymousreply 6611/22/2012

It seemed every site had a library filled with goodies - games, pictures, applications. Unlike bulletin boards, I wasn't called out for lurking in the library.

Also, Microsoft came out with Encarta which had rich photos and great wikipedia-type articles on CD-ROM. The program linked to more content on the web. The content was wide, but not deep - making you wonder what else there was to learn. Truly wonder inspiring shit.

User groups for IBM or WIN95 actually had answers to every one of my questions. Everyone was polite.

The most common problem was that you required a patch that was on the web, but you needed the patch before you could access the web. My work computers were always two generations behind my home computers, so I usually had to reinstall everything.

Oh, and Pentium75 chips made some content fly!

And, my IBM computers were not native for Windows - they had their own OS; making them work well in Windows on the net provided hours of hair-pulling.

by Anonymousreply 6711/22/2012

Was a search engine the more u used it the better yr chances to win $$ Did anyone ever win? What happened?

by Anonymousreply 6811/22/2012

I loved After Dark's screensaver "Flying Toasters". I thought that was the coolest, funniest thing ever. Even now, singing along with the tune makes me ridiculously happy.

by Anonymousreply 6911/22/2012

Where did people search before Google and Yahoo?

by Anonymousreply 7011/22/2012

R16 are you still here

by Anonymousreply 7111/22/2012

I couldn't type before I got my first computer, it took years to get proficient. Before getting broadband in '03, I was on dial-up waiting an hour for a single mp3 to download. Can't say I miss it.

And r63, in college, in the late 90s, you were too timid to be out? Ewww.

by Anonymousreply 7211/22/2012

I sort of miss going to the public library and having the librarians help me sign on to the dial up server. It seemed like such a great adventure.

by Anonymousreply 7311/22/2012

Remember when you actually had to pay for porn?

I don't miss that part, but I do kind of miss the excitement of trying to find it. It seemed so taboo and dirty. Now, it's free, and everywhere.

by Anonymousreply 7411/22/2012

[quote][R16] are you still here

I most certainly am. Texpol? NASAJaybird? Ebb? Webweaver? (not to be confused with our own, beloved Webbie. I still speak fluent Gruppen and

by Anonymousreply 7511/22/2012

true r74...I remember the excitement as a child of trying to secretly sneak into the gay section....later on I worked in a book store and I loved seeing all the little gay boys doing the same.

by Anonymousreply 7611/22/2012

Yes r75 texpol here who the hell are you

by Anonymousreply 7711/22/2012

I pretty much hated AOL chat, full of illiterate children and trolls. Chat works better anonymously, like here. When I first came to DL in 2003 it so overwhelmed me I stayed up for over 48 hours never leaving it. It's so busy the threads are basically individual chat rooms, but the endless variety of topics, plus the anonymity (discourages bullying), make it a huge improvement on AOL chat.

by Anonymousreply 7811/22/2012

[quote]Remember when you actually had to pay for porn?

Really? I thought porn was easily available then, and free. Then again that's my recollection, and I my family didn't get online until 1996. I'd sneak out of my room at night and found all the porn I could ever need without having to pay a dime.

by Anonymousreply 7911/22/2012

R70 Altavista, Excite, Lycos are the ones I remember.

by Anonymousreply 8011/22/2012

[quote]Yes [R75] texpol here who the hell are you

A quiet loner in Arizona. Still associated with persons who are marginally in the entertainment industry and their troublesome gadgets.

THIS is cool, Texpol! Could Kelly put us in contact?

by Anonymousreply 8111/23/2012


by Anonymousreply 8211/23/2012

R81 AzMtnBear, I thought that was you! Sorry everyone else we are just rekindling here- hey bro I lost touch with webweaver too, write me at texpol 1957 at gmail dot com Sorry to take so long, I don't get online often any more. Get in touch but I promise you wont know me. Butt loads of changed but one thing remains....

by Anonymousreply 8311/30/2012

Remember when you had to dl porn in multiple ansi files, then use that (forget what it was called) little program to zip them together? I usually figured around a 50k file gave you the best value for time spent.

by Anonymousreply 8411/30/2012

Precursors to Myspace and Facebook:

Geocities FortuneCity AngelFire Tripod

What a bunch of crap.

by Anonymousreply 8511/30/2012

r70 Dogpile, Yahoo, AskJeeves, Hotbot

by Anonymousreply 8611/30/2012
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