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Subject: Anyone remember the world wide web in 1996?

Written By: k998 on 10/03/09 at 4:35 am

When a large hard drive was 500Mb and you'd never be able to fill it ...

When Netscape was THE browser ...

When it was cool to have a personal home page that had a ~ in the address ...

If you want to take a trip down memory lane, I've started to put some web site reviews from 1996 on a new blog - www.theyearis1996.blogspot.com.

It's still a work in progress but it's so interesting working through the web sites that were the 'talk of the town' when the net was still a new fangled thing for geeks.

I haven't started the Music section yet but that (and the fashions) are really the only thing I remember about the '90s. 

Hope it's ok to post this here.  I'm having fun just lurking around here.

Subject: Re: Anyone remember the world wide web in 1996?

Written By: Blais on 10/05/09 at 9:05 pm

I definitely recall the website Hampster dance as one of the first big sites...

Subject: Re: Anyone remember the world wide web in 1996?

Written By: yelimsexa on 10/06/09 at 7:37 am

Definately a simpler time in terms of graphic design that is really missing from many sites (I was hooked on Wikipedia for a couple years just to recall the simpler graphic design of most web pages, as well as before there was widespread commercialism). Most big name bands were just starting to get their own detailed web page that year, and Encarta and IMDb were probably the main informational sites to use at the time. Usenet was still the primary discussion board group; and "Chat Rooms" were definately bigger then compared to a standard message board today. Also, the word "cyberspace" was much more commonly used at the time. I myself first went online in 1996. Lots of Times New Roman/Arial font usage as opposed to the collage found today. The "Web Ring", before search engines became more sophisticated, was the primary way of viewing various topics of a particular subject. Plus, in 1996, most Internet URLs in general writing were still written out in full form (including the http:// at the beginning). It was definately a time of excitement that I haven't felt in a while (though Youtube came very close).

Subject: Re: Anyone remember the world wide web in 1996?

Written By: joeman on 10/06/09 at 9:44 am

Netscape was an alternative to the Windows Internet Explorer then. 

Geocities and Angelfire existed along with Usenet(which is now a part of 'Google Groups').  Everybody I know has made websites, and ring to websites.  I used Netzero for my internet connection because it was free, despite the damn pop-ups appearing everywhere. 

MIRC was pretty popular during that time.  I logged in dalnet and chat for hours. 

I say the next age of Internet came to be in 2004 where everything changed.  Anyone agree?

Subject: Re: Anyone remember the world wide web in 1996?

Written By: coqueta83 on 10/06/09 at 7:15 pm

I got AOL for the first time in '96....and also how excruciatingly slow each web page loaded on my computer.

Subject: Re: Anyone remember the world wide web in 1996?

Written By: Fairee07 on 10/06/09 at 10:31 pm

I remeber hearing the word "Internet" for the first time in '96---yeah, I'm a little behind the times  :-\\ 

And later that year, I was introduced to the web and it was so exciting to have the world at my finger tips. The bad thing was that to be connected to the web at home (it wasn't so bad in the labs at school) was that I had to type in all these steps to get the computer connected to the modem!

Subject: Re: Anyone remember the world wide web in 1996?

Written By: gmann on 10/09/09 at 7:03 pm

I first jumped on the triple-dub bandwagon in January 1996 during my first year in college. Netscape was indeed still ruling the browser world, though the computer labs I was using at the time also had the Mosaic browsers on their desktops. I remember RealAudio sounding lo-fi in comparison to subsequent updates and what little online video content was available as being herky-jerky. You haven't seen out of sync audio/video until you've watched NBC Pro on a 100 Mhz machine. :-)
Personal web sites tended to be cluttered with animated gifs and other nonsense, but we thought it looked cool at the time. I was guilty of the same thing when I had a page on Angelfire.
Still, it was fun to have the world at your fingertips and to chat with folks around the world. I spent far too many hours online in those days. I suffered from online withdrawal while at home, because I could only access a Unix server from my parents place. :-)

Subject: Re: Anyone remember the world wide web in 1996?

Written By: 80sfan on 10/13/09 at 12:50 pm

I didn't even know what the World Wide Web was until 1997!  ;D

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