25 Noteworthy And Remarkable Internet Trends From Before 2005

Children born today won’t know what life was like before the internet. Some people reading this list won’t remember what life was like before everyone had internet and cell phones. The web and its internet trends have fundamentally changed how we live our lives, from the media we consume and how we consume it to interpersonal relationships, how we shop, and even how election campaigns are run. Back in the late 90’s and early 2000’s, not everyone was connected, and the internet was more of a wild and free place (that was a lot more text and fewer pictures).

Gather ’round children, and let me tell you a tale. A tale of when the internet was wild and free and Hamsters Danced. To educate you about how far we’ve come or just make you reminisce about the dial up days of yore, here’s a list of 25 Noteworthy And Remarkable Internet Trends From Before 2005.

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Back in the day (pre 2000), nearly everyone who was on the internet had a geocities site. It was a free service that basically gave you a bank page to fill with all the HTML your little fingers could type.

geocitiesSource: webtrends.about.com Image Source: secretlondon123 via Flickr

The pre-Google search engine AltaVista was where you went online to find stuff in the mid to late 90's. It was launched in 1995, and if you were born that year or after, you may have never heard of it.

altavista-logoSource: webtrends.about.com Image Source: logonoid.com

Numa Numa kid was one of the first viral videos ever. Did you know you wanted to see a chubby kid singing Romanian Boy-band songs? No, you probably didn't, and without the internet we never would have seen it. Thank you, internet.

gary_brolsmaSource: www.gurl.com Image source: en.wikipedia.org

Neopets were kind of like Tamagotchis in that they were digital pets, but web based. Neopets was also one of the early versions of social networking online. You signed up, you got a pet, you took care of them, and you could purchase things for them and make friends in game. The website is still there, still running.

neopets_logoSource: webtrends.about.com Image Source: wikimedia.org

Hotmail was one of the first places people could, and did, make terrible screen name choices, often involving the number 69 or variation there of. Sure, there were many of people who used hotmail for responsible non-creeper emailing, but those are the people who signed up for gmail back when someone still had to send you an invite to do so. It's name was a reference to HTML - HoTMaiL. Hotmail officially became upgraded to Outlook in 2013.

hotmailSource: pewinternet.org Image Source: mynetx via Flickr

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