Gather round, children, it’s time to hear a story about ye olden days when people didn’t carry a tiny computer around in their pocket and have access to a wealth of information right at their fingertips. Here, for your enjoyment, is a Buzzfeed video where some of the familiar faces within the Nerdist empire weigh in on their earliest internet experiences.
Observe! Chris Hardwick explains in a delightful manner how the “internet” experience was like going to Disneyland. And Jessica Chobot – well, this is Buzzfeed, so let’s just say: Jessica Chobot Started Talking About Her Time In The Early Days Of The Internet, And You Won’t Believe The Shocking Realization She Has!
Seriously, her face is so GIF-able, it’s really wonderful.
It’s true though – back in those days, to gain access to the “internet” you had to actually connect to something, listen to a horrible screeching noise, and “surf” said “internet.” In fact, sometimes we didn’t even call it the “internet,” we called it the “World Wide Web.” Oh, and we pretty much all used AOL. My first e-mail address was the unwieldy krstnrth [at] aol [dot] com — because who needs vowels when you’re being cool on the internet? Not this gal!
What about all of you out there – tell us your early internet story!