The Web has been with us for 25 years and counting, and it has changed an incredible amount in that quarter of a century. However, it’s still young enough that many of us remember our first travels around this series of tubes. You never forget your first time, right?
We asked you, What Is The First Website You Remember Viewing? This question came after we saw a phenomenal response to our poll looking at what year the MakeUseOf readership first headed online. Buoyed by this nostalgia-fest we decided to find out which websites our readers first remembered seeing.
The results transported us back to the mid-1990s, when the Internet as we know it today was just starting to come alive, and people were tentatively exploring the World Wide Web. This was a time before Google even existed, and when Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg was waiting for puberty to kick in rather than plotting new ways to get his hands on our data. Things were very different.
Dozens of people told us which website they visited on their first foray onto the Internet. We have compiled a list of 11 of those mentioned in the comments below, with links to those which still exist today in some form or another (and which haven’t been populated with pornography).
If you’re of a certain vintage then this list will surely bring back some memories. If so, tell us which of these websites you remember from yesteryear, or, if you missed out on answering the question the first time around, add your debut domain to the comments section below to continue the discussion.
Comment Of The Week
We received a lot of great comments, including those from Dan, Bill L, and Tygerr. Comment Of The Week goes to Suzybel, who wins a T-shirt for this comment:
My first experience was with Alta Vista. My son said “search for anything you want Mom”. I was so stunned, the only thing I could think of was the Royal Family, Vin Diesel and Steven Seagal. And that was on dial-up.
We chose this comment because remembering the first things you searched for online is an incredible feat well worth winning a T-shirt. The fact that two roided-out action heroes and a bunch of upper class twits were searched for makes it all the more satisfying.
We Ask You is a weekly column in which you have your say about a particular subject. We ask you a question each week, with the results compiled and compressed into a follow-up article the following week. This column is nothing without your input, all of which is valued.
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