The Internet is Amazing

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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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  1. Beaton says:

    remember a time when if you wanted internet… you would have to go to an Internet cafe and pay money for like thirty minutes of internet usage and the prices were crazy and the internet was slow in all of thirty mintues would be just enough time to check and reply one email on msn hotmail hahaha and I would wait like once a month to do this and oh yeah if you didnt check your email frequently enough it would your address would die
    Now I cant leave without it how did we get here ha

    • mariexceline says:

      I have never been to an Internet cafe. I do remember email addresses being closed down if you didn’t use them enough though. Imagine that happening now?!

      Thank you for commenting. Have a great day 🙂

  2. myplaidheart says:

    I remember when my husband and I purchased our first home computer and I just sat in front of it trying to think of things to look up on the Internet. I just couldn’t comprehend it. Now I cannot imagine life without it!

  3. I was born in 1970, so yeah, I remember life before the Internet. It’s definitely both a good thing and a bad.

  4. Kim says:

    Dial up connection! Chat rooms and forums! Yes i don’t remember anyone saying, this is going to completely change the world. Interesting to think about.

  5. ashleyleia says:

    Ah the sweet sound of connecting to dial-up internet. I remember back in the day using NetZero to get a few extra hours of internet a month on top of the limited amount that was available through my university. And I just did a quick Google search (so much better than the crappy old Yahoo search engine I used back in the day) and discovered that NetZero is still around and offering 10 hours free dial-up a month. Who would’ve thought?

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