In an age where almost everybody is connected, at all times, you might forget how the Internet was used in the early part of the millennium. Here are ten things that sum up how we surfed the information superhighway in the noughties.
What was worse than the screech having to dial up the Internet? That would be making sure that everyone in the house would stay off the phone, followed closely by having to wait to connect, too.
2. Drop everything
Before Dropbox, there was “drop everything and wait for the download,” which could take a long time.
3. My mistake
Not only were you putting your family’s computer at risk of virus, which could corrupt everything, there was also the chance that you were waiting on mislabelled tracks that weren’t Bob Marley but actually Bobby McFerrin.
4. No escape
Whatever you do, make sure you close the pop-ups and not click one.
5. Hey, Tom
If you were spending any time on social media, chances are you saw Tom more than a few times.
6. Your first
No matter what, Tom was always your first.
7. Taylor, is it?
You would not have just seen Tom, either, as a few other people also used MySpace.
8. Stranger danger
While Chatroulette could be fun, you could come across some real creeps.
9. Wanna chat?
When you got home from school, you were still chatting with your friends – albeit, online. Really, not too much has changed.
10. Heavy petting
Of course, while you were chatting, you were also tending to your Neopets.