I got thinking some time ago about how much the Internet has changed since I started using it in my teens. Gone are the days of chatting over MSN, having to come off the computer if someone needs to use the phone, and filling quizzes on Myspace with not-so-subtle passive aggressive digs (we all did it, lets not lie).
Does anyone remember any of these Internet things of the past?
Ah, the good ol’ Nudges to get people’s attention/annoy the hell of of them. They used to get on my nerves to no end, but of course I still used them too. There were also those weird extras on MSN that you could send to people to make faces and things appear on their screen, or make music or other audio play…Not to mention the relentless signing in and out to get people’s attention.
I do just think MSN was a vehicle for really pissing people off. But every night, without fail (unless I was out with friends), I’d be sat talking to them/video chatting on MSN.
Get out of Myspace
So the bitchy quizzes were just one part of Myspace – not to mention the decorating of your profile and the automatic music that played once you went on someone’s profile as if they just wanted to shove their music taste down your throat. Oh and of course the ‘Top Friends’ arguments that took place if you ever decided you were closer to one person than another.
Myspace was an utter addiction for me in the same way that Twitter is now…it does make you think what might be next.
I think my exploration of Bebo was thankfully fairly brief – it had such a hideous design and I can’t even really remember any of its features. I just remember that a year or so ago I came across my Bebo again and was horrified at my clear lack of care for grammar and punctuation when I was in my early teens. How times change…
I definitely used Livejournal longer than I needed to. I had one in my first year of Uni, and admittedly it was a good place to rant and ‘express my feelings’ (mostly homesickness or the lack of respect of other people that lived in the same halls as me). Livejournal was a cornucopia of drama – and probably still is.
Do you remember using any of these? Or do you have any Internet nostalgia stories to share?