I was knee-deep in email chain letters, WinMX chatrooms (my screen name was empty_boxes_make_me_hungry, long story), being frightened of eBay because I didn’t have a credit card, looking up the toys I had when I was a kid anyway, researching sea stars for an assignment, reading band websites, having my mind blown much and often, and generally falling down a giant, animated, auto-music-playing rabbit hole when the internet arrived in my world. It was life-changing.
Later when I got caught up in MSN Messenger was the absolute ultimate, I couldn’t wait for those little green lights to turn on and get a notification someone was talking to ME! The internet is evil and it’s full of trolls and grossness, but it’s also played host to some of the most memorable experiences in my very strange life. Double thumbs up from this gal (most of the time)!
You can listen to Message Received: The Internet in the 90s here, or pop over to your app of choice for the sweet, sweet sounds of internet nostalgia. What did you use the internet for in the 90s? Let me know, because I could have talked alllll day, so missed heaps in the podcast! Let me talllkkkk to yooouuuu aboutttt ittttttt