Do you remember what you were doing when you first heard about the web? How you started to notice people talking about dot this and downloading that, even on your favourite TV shows? It all made the Worldwide Web sound so compelling that you wanted a part of it, whatever it was.
FAQs and IRL
The pioneer days of the web came with plenty of acronyms and a sense of diving into the unknown. Some, like IRL (in real life), have fallen out of favour as the boundaries blur between our real and online lives.
And then there were the modems that blocked your telephone line and made a noise like a demented android. Then your page would load, or not load, with shapes and colours shifting while you waited. The 14k/28k/56k modem is not something we want to see again.
When was the last time you bookmarked a site? For most of us, any information we need is a quick Google away. But back in the day, when information was scattered around like confetti, it made sense to have a way to capture the good stuff with ease. Now we’re just not that into returning to the same website over and over.
GeoCities was what the web might have been had it been designed by a hundred monkeys bashing away at a computer keyboard. Where now you simply contact a professional web development company in London like https://www.redsnapper.net to create a website with a seamless user experience, back then it was strictly HTML and fonts – so many different fonts – and maybe even an annoying midi file.
And flashing text – no one who remembers GeoCities will ever forget the flashing text. But there was a warmth, individualism and somewhat barmy amateur enthusiasm that gave those early fan sites the heart and humanity that Facebook lacks.
Upgrade and Get Online
After your first foray into the world of the web, it was clear that you were going to have to upgrade your kit to make getting online less of a dial-up nightmare. That meant a whopping 8GB of RAM and a Pentium process and you thought you were future-proof. Unfortunately for us, we’re still upgrading to get online – it seems that some things about the web never change.