How would (You) describe late 90s to late 00s internet to someone who had never experience it?

How would (You) describe late 90s to late 00s internet to someone who had never experience it?

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  1. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Very little poor or third world people.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      Cope. I'm Indian and I've been on the internet since 2007.

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        i doubt you can afford the iphone when it first came out, rajeesh.

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          millions of people have used the internet for decades without any iShit wdym

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        You consider 2007 to be "old internet"? Everything was starting to go to shit by then.

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          Yeah, that's a fricking weird flex he tried to pull there.

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        wow man, what are you going to tell me next, that you switched from horses to cars in 2000

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          My family had cars since the 80s moron.

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        I got the Internet in 1995.
        You should have been there. No jeets. It was great.

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        This is a great explanation, soon as you frickers started showing up it went downhill fast
        >late 00s

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        >online since 2007
        >still shit in the street
        ???

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        Checks out, 2007 is often referred to as *the* year when the internet went to shit.

  2. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    mostly white males making interesting content
    no bots or third worlders
    much less ads

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      >no bots
      I was dating a not very intelligent girl at the time. But she loved to chat and get attention from me.
      So I made a script that passed her MSN messages to jabberwacky and reply to her.
      She'd have full blown nonsensical conversations with it and never got suspicious.

      It was more organic instead of formulaic.
      People actually visited a ton of smaller websites instead of just visiting a few large websites.

      I think this image describes it visually.

      Did the traffic to small sites decrease or did the corporate giants just grow much faster then the rest?

      Ultimately you can still have your niche micro community online. Mistake is trying to include every single normie into it.
      Forum with 100-200 active users was considered hopping, you can still build that easily if you find your niche.
      >remember to geo ban India, China, Russia, and Ukraine
      This will cut down your attacks and scams by 90%.
      >t. Sysadmin since '99

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        >So I made a script that passed her MSN messages to jabberwacky and reply to her.
        >She'd have full blown nonsensical conversations with it and never got suspicious
        top lmao, true IQfyentooman

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        >She'd have full blown nonsensical conversations with it and never got suspicious.
        ur so random haha xD

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        >Mistake is trying to include every single normie into it.
        This has been true of the internet as a whole. The more normies, the worse it gets. Now everybody's on it.

  3. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Sites with actual content and not aimed at phones, made to inform rather than sell.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      seconding

  4. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    very little israeli cultural mind rot

  5. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    I wouldn't. Zoomers don't have the attention span to listen, so why bother trying to explain

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      Zoomers are the ones that used the internet during much of that time. They contributed to it the most. Boomers are the ones that came along and fricked it all up after they were given internet access through the iPhone.

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        Show them old ED articles.

        >They contributed to it the most.
        No, that's gen x and millennials.

  6. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    It was more organic instead of formulaic.
    People actually visited a ton of smaller websites instead of just visiting a few large websites.

    I think this image describes it visually.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      >ends 2014
      I don't even want to know what a 2024 version of this pic would look like

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous
      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        There's absolutely no way bing is that much smaller than google.

  7. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    We all said the n word ironically then slowly it became unironic. We got online to escape mainstream society. Any social site was mostly used for dating and it actually worked for me at least. Once facebook came out it was the beginning of the end. IQfy was a scary place and I saw some crazy shit.

  8. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    It wasn't a serious business.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      still isn't
      if you avoid normoids that use their real names online it's still very much fun

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        I hate fun

  9. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Hot take: it was worse. At least you don't see cp shared openly nowadays. Various degenerates running wild, inserting themselves into conversations and communities, with no real defense against them. Regular people acted like fools because of that atmosphere, had "online personalities" and it would often contrast with the real person sharply.

  10. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    I was a kid so it was all Flash, MMORPG free trials, and Multiplayer lobbies for me. Puzzle games were normally popular as consoles did everything else at the time.
    >Rooks only no SPWD FFA
    >selling full rune - - - - 40k
    >take the taxi you noob

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      40k? damn my man you cheap, i bought mine for 50k, either I am a dumbass and couldn't barter or I've never seen anyone selling for 40k

  11. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    it was a time when not every fricking thing on earth was a google service. pop ups and pop-unders were a big deal. in the mid 2000s, flash animation was a big thing and there were tons of nameless creators who werent trying to make a dollar but just to make something funny. toolbars and cursor/smiley packs for AIM or whatever. etc.

  12. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Very very slow. Nobody had any clue about UI design or whatever. The best we got was clip art and crazy multi colored fonts. You mostly went to websites you found by word of mouth, magazines, books, etc since search was ass back then.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      >since search was ass back then.
      I disagree I found a lot of info on whatever I wanted to know, nicely organised and extenssive
      ... instead of SEO clickbait we get nowadays

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        Before Google a Yahoo-like curated directory was the best we had. It was crappy, it sucked. It wasn't possible to find what there was to find before Google. That was an improvement for a while. By 2010 that was over though.

  13. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    >How would (You) describe late 90s to late 00s internet to someone who had never experience it?
    Not so many morons and Black folk.

  14. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    I would copypaste dickens, and it would still be a decent answer:

    >“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of light, it was the season of darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair.”

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      anon, I appreciate ur post, nicely put

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        It's lazy and lacks the same meaning as intended in A Tale of Two Cities, but one thing for sure, there was a lot of smart and a lot of dumb, rather than a lot of dumb useless garbage.

        It was more organic instead of formulaic.
        People actually visited a ton of smaller websites instead of just visiting a few large websites.

        I think this image describes it visually.

        >People actually visited a ton of smaller websites instead of just visiting a few large websites.

        This made me realise that I have a massive library of bookmarks from 2004 to 2012 on a Firefox backup, but almost nothing from that point onwards

        I should probably share the file, there may be a quite a few interesting small quirky sites, if with some hope they were archived before going offline

  15. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Dialup was over 20,000 times slower than today's gigabit connections. And you paid by the minute to your phone company.

  16. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    late 90s to mid 2000s, godlike, kinda like an exciting new frontier. when facebook, phones, etc. came out, it was over. its now just slop, kinda like how an AAA live service game is slop.

  17. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    You can experience some of it even now.
    https://wiby.me

  18. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    I wouldn't. Frick them, they're the cancer that killed the golden age, let them die ignorant.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      they didn't know better, it was already dead when they grabbed their first phone 2bh

  19. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    cooler

  20. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    what happened to this guy after he got jannied from all Internet presence?

  21. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Does anyone else remember when they first discovered you can search for porn on google as a kid? I would be overly descriptive and try to find "naked girl boobs"

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      I remember how excited I was when I accidentally found porn on AOL when I was just searching random letter combinations.

  22. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    It was wacky, people were wacky, and we didn’t take it that seriously

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      sounds good

  23. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Little to no brown people, and the ones that were around were alright.

  24. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    From the nostalgia threads I've seen on other boards, there's 100% a cohort of 30-40 year olds on whose formative years the internet were 1998-2007/8 who just miss the magic of those halcyon days, because yeah we were kids back then.
    I got my start on IQfy in '06 so I caught the tail-end of it. The internet was still good up to 2012 I'd say.
    Even though it was smaller it felt more dense. There was definitely a lot more six degrees of kevin bacon going on. Other sites linked to each other a lot so it was fun to explore. I spent hours looking through webcomics and japanese doujin music webpages for stuff I liked.
    Youtube was less monetized and way more fun. You could see a lot of crazy shit when searching for generic names like "video ts 01" or the like. Google was also way fricking better back in the day.
    Actual interesting shit was linked on /b/. I distinctly recall celeb nude threads way before the fappening, plus the start of Charlie Sheen's tiger blood rants while he was sitting next to two hookers (lol).
    People were snarky but passionate about what they discussed, trolls were either white noise or light-hearted fun. There was very little of the psycho-doxxing shit that you see today.
    Smartphones and discord ruined everything. Nowadays a group of morons can pull shifts on a discord and shit all over websites from the back of their short bus.
    Take me back.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      >The internet was still good up to 2012
      Yeah, I'd say that 2013 was where the shift became drastic.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      >There was very little of the psycho-doxxing shit that you see today.
      ye

  25. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    File hosting was a total pain in the dick, having to rely on shit like photobucket.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      >photobucket

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      >photobucket
      that fricking ass site.
      also don't forget the imageshack betrayal

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      I actually bought webhosting to host images on so I wouldn't have to rely on shit like that, and still have it. I let my friends use it and some of them still do.

  26. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Up until Facebook and Myspace showed up, it was nerds and intellectuals and scientists in a little walled garden, making cool stuff and writing blog articles and arguing with each other and generally excited about things to come.

  27. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    It was simpler and more fun.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      You can still find boomers like that on some forums, or FB.

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        True, but they're not easy to find and they're often banned on places outside of IQfy for being too based for zoomers to handle now...

  28. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    slow, very slow. Waiting 10 seconds for load a basic text-only site, more if they have a single GIF.

    Expensive, hourly rates for every ISP

    "T1 speed" was 300 KB/sec

    No e-Commerce sites.

    Every adult site was a paywall for low quality photos and GIFs. Back then, sites like Exhentai, Rule34, Boorus, /h/ with optional donations would have been inconceivable.

    That shitty sound of the dial-up.

  29. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Internet was non-existent for the average people. Shitty series like "Halt and Catch Fire" trying to rewrite history with the idea of Internet, Chatrooms, and early MMOs were popular in the late 80s, but people only use internet because smartphones

  30. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    You typed Black person and homosexual and clicked send and it never occured to you that your message will be shadowbanned.

  31. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Flash games.

  32. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    >browse Internet
    >get infected with coolwebsearch
    >time to format the computer again

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      Why did virus's stop being such a pervasive thing nowadays?

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        90's OS's had basically zero security.

  33. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    What has Stefan been up to since he was cancelled? Haven't seen him on anyone else's shows or anything.

  34. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    No real life shit, just a bunch of bored people entertaining each other

  35. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    >late 90s
    >dial up
    >friend and I decide to search for porn on his family PC
    >CP FRICKING EVERYWHERE
    >friend and I are severely disappointed because we didn't want pictures of girls our age, but older ladies

    To this day I don't know if his PC was full of malware or if his dad was a secret pedo, it shouldn't be that easy to find even then, literally tons of pop up of CP

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      >it shouldn't be that easy to find even then
      It absolutely was, you could stumble upon it even by accident. If you see a file labeled r@ygold on kazaa, fricking run.

  36. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    >late 90s
    A lot of static websites built from scratch - there was no other way to present yourself online than to build your own website.
    Very decentralized content, there were no central social networks where people gathered.
    People communicated using e-mail or guestbooks.
    You learned about other websites through various link collections / directories - the web felt adventurous because there was always something new to discover.
    A lot of the personal websites were frankly useless, it was often something like "Hi, my name is Pussydestroyer666 and I like Quake 3. Here are some screenshots and skins. Also some funny jokes I collected". And that was all.
    Basically everyone online was a nerd tho. There were zero normies.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      >photobucket
      that fricking ass site.
      also don't forget the imageshack betrayal

      From the nostalgia threads I've seen on other boards, there's 100% a cohort of 30-40 year olds on whose formative years the internet were 1998-2007/8 who just miss the magic of those halcyon days, because yeah we were kids back then.
      I got my start on IQfy in '06 so I caught the tail-end of it. The internet was still good up to 2012 I'd say.
      Even though it was smaller it felt more dense. There was definitely a lot more six degrees of kevin bacon going on. Other sites linked to each other a lot so it was fun to explore. I spent hours looking through webcomics and japanese doujin music webpages for stuff I liked.
      Youtube was less monetized and way more fun. You could see a lot of crazy shit when searching for generic names like "video ts 01" or the like. Google was also way fricking better back in the day.
      Actual interesting shit was linked on /b/. I distinctly recall celeb nude threads way before the fappening, plus the start of Charlie Sheen's tiger blood rants while he was sitting next to two hookers (lol).
      People were snarky but passionate about what they discussed, trolls were either white noise or light-hearted fun. There was very little of the psycho-doxxing shit that you see today.
      Smartphones and discord ruined everything. Nowadays a group of morons can pull shifts on a discord and shit all over websites from the back of their short bus.
      Take me back.

      >no bots
      I was dating a not very intelligent girl at the time. But she loved to chat and get attention from me.
      So I made a script that passed her MSN messages to jabberwacky and reply to her.
      She'd have full blown nonsensical conversations with it and never got suspicious.
      [...]
      Did the traffic to small sites decrease or did the corporate giants just grow much faster then the rest?

      Ultimately you can still have your niche micro community online. Mistake is trying to include every single normie into it.
      Forum with 100-200 active users was considered hopping, you can still build that easily if you find your niche.
      >remember to geo ban India, China, Russia, and Ukraine
      This will cut down your attacks and scams by 90%.
      >t. Sysadmin since '99

      still isn't
      if you avoid normoids that use their real names online it's still very much fun

      And here's the moronic zoomie who thinks it'll make it into an oldgay by saying "normie" and thinking reddit space is real

  37. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Internet and the real world was distinctly seperate.

    That's something that's been lost since 2005 and onwards. Internet was it's own little world that had little IRL influence. Shit online wasnt "real" if that makes sense. Nobody took it seriously as a platform for socialization, communication of ideas, art, media and so on. It was a space for nerds, weirdos and perverts and the majority of people online fell into one of those categories.

    Like imagine if the entirety of the internet was like IQfy, just with dumber and dated internet humour.

    Now the entire culture has moved online and it's an entirely different space.

  38. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Dial up modem noises, lots of independent websites, images that took minutes to load.

  39. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    It was filled with data instead of people's drama. Then people who think with their heart got more and more comfortable and things got worse and worse.
    Now GUIs are fricked to hell so that chimps can use the fricking thing, everything's behind a paywall of some sort, and everyone wants your data to resell. Used to be you never told anyone your real name or where you lived on the internet, now it's considered weird not to have your information free for all to peruse.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      >It was filled with data instead of people's drama

      It's beyond this thread's scope, but the drama was nuts on Usenet Newsgroups. Reading the archives from the weeks after Columbine and clueless people attacking Doom can be pretty fun

  40. 1 month ago
    Anonymous
  41. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    you can still look at the forums.
    in hindsight, they always sucked ass and it's not a surprise all those people became redditors.

  42. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    >late 90s to late 00s internet
    Those are like 2 entirely different eras. Late 00s internet was closer to today's internet.

    Late 90s internet was shit, it was just enough of a novelty to get online in the first place.

  43. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    The same way I'd describe being able to see to a blind person. I wouldn't.

  44. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    cp was everywhere and it was normalized till the early '00s.
    banning that shit is probably how woke movement started in the first place.

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