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08/12/2016 10:56 GMT | Updated 08/12/2016 10:57 GMT

People Sharing Their First Memories Of The Internet Is Making Us All Nostalgic

The world before Grumpy Cat.

Believe it or not, there was actually a time before the internet - before watching pugs was a legitimate form of entertainment. 

Now people on Reddit have shared their first memories of using the world wide web, but as nostalgic as it’s making us - we wouldn’t exchange broadband for anything. 

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“Mum shouting: ‘Get off the internet, I have to use the phone!’”

-pubesforhire

“Another kid’s dad was showing us something called a BBS. It was all text. I was unimpressed. Went back to playing some weird game on the Encarta CD-ROM.”

-DisgruntledJanitor 

“Being a bored little kid in the late nineties and typing the word ‘fun’ in the web browser, then being confused about all the porn that popped up.”

-Bookiedutt

“My first memory of the internet is going into an AOL chatroom. I was ten and couldn’t type at all, everyone else was chattering away and I was just reading along. Typed something in and everyone started talking to me and I panicked and logged out.”

-Krelm01 

“Downloading the song summer girls by LFO on Napster and looking up pictures of dolphins.”

-tassieke  

“Before Google, even before Jeeves, there was Lycos and Webcrawler. I recall staring at the blinking cursor thinking “I can just search for anything!?”

-MikhailRasputin 

“Clicking on a “You’re our 999999th visitor!” advert. Then freaking out when it started asking me for credit card info.”

-Antediluvian_Cat_God

“The sound you get when you pick up the phone and someone is on the dial up, which is also the worst sound in the world.”

-DNAtaurine 

“Being allowed to look up whatever I want for fifteen minutes a day. Which would be enough to load 1 full webpage with a small 100x100 image.”

-TurtleboyYE

“Trying to send an e-mail to Tony Hawk by putting his name rather than an e-mail. I may have been smart in school, but it lacked in a couple of other areas.”

-toxicrystal 

“’You’ve got mail’ - heart skips a beat.”

-merp_merp_

“Yahoo chat. Used to go into rock/metal chatrooms to get recommendations for new bands. I received a direct message one day from someone living about a hundred miles from me who liked my profile pic. Ended up meeting a few weeks later, hooked up. Yahoo indeed.”

-moz_1983