A long, long time ago, there was no internet. Strange but true. My son cannot remember a time when there was no internet. I can, but only just.
It seems as if, one day we didn’t have internet in the World, and then the next day we did. I know that’s not the case, but I don’t remember any preparation, any lead up, any promotion.
This is not going to be a history lesson then about who invented it and why, or any of that. To be honest, I leave historical facts to my husband (once a tour guide, always a tour guide), while I write about the ‘fluffy’ stuff – my feelings and my memories of things.
In the early days of my glittering career in Admin and Finance, I can remember we did have an internal messaging system of sorts, which was then replaced by proper email, so I suppose that was my first taste of the internet; as a business tool.
My first home computer had an internet connection, but I don’t think I knew for sure why I needed it in those days. I do recall, a few years on, trying to connect to iTunes and download via a dial-up modem. It took roughly an hour to download one song. Imagine that! I also remember, same computer, same house, so roughly the same era, my friend telling me about a great way to communicate – it was an instant messaging system called MSN. Then, there was the Tesco shopping.
Another thing that the younger generation won’t understand is having to remember to check your emails! With smartphones and computers being able to notify you immediately about everything, whether you want them to or not, the responsibility of some tasks has shifted a little.
Nowadays the internet is quite literally there at our fingertips, but it has only recently occurred to me just how incredible and amazing it really is. I have a burning question for the IT experts: who typed in all the information? Somebody must have done. Somebody in Google said, “Let’s have an interactive World map that also gives you the local bus times and tells you where the best coffee is!” Somebody created those maps! … Please let me know if you are that person!
I would love if you could comment below what your memories of those early days of the internet are, or what you like/dislike about this marvellous invention.
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