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More than 3 billion people now have access to the Internet 3 Billion People Use the Internet, Facebook Adds Restaurant Reviews, & More... [Tech News Digest] 3 Billion People Use the Internet, Facebook Adds Restaurant Reviews, & More... [Tech News Digest] The Internet population hits 3 billion, Facebook adds restaurant reviews, Cortana comes to Android and iOS, thieves steal from the IRS, Periscope lands on Android, and watch someone watch someone watch Non-Stop Nyan Cat. Read More , which represents a rather impressive 44 percent of the world’s population. This means we still have 4 billion potential Internet users who have yet to join in the fun. That is if we can find room for them all.

However, there’s no point me addressing them, as they can’t read this. The fools. But it is a good reminder that someone, somewhere is currently enjoying their first day on the Web. In 2015. Bonkers. The question is, can you remember your own first day on the Web?

Nostalgia for N00bs

We want to know, What’s the First Website You Remember Visiting?

This is a very simple question that is sure to send you off on a nostalgic journey of remembrance. And the magical thing is it doesn’t matter whether you first ventured onto the Web in 1994 or 2014. Or, for that matter, any of the years in between.

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However, it hasn’t always been so expansive, and someone finding their way online in the early 1990s 10 Videos Exploring The Internet As It Was In The 1990s 10 Videos Exploring The Internet As It Was In The 1990s The history of the Internet stretches back as far as 1969, but it didn't become popular until the 1990s when the whole thing became commercialized, ISPs started offering access, and the World Wide Web emerged... Read More would have had no more than a few hundred websites to choose from. Now, there are hundreds of millions of websites to choose from. And we want to know which took your online virginity.

Just tell us the name of the website you remember visiting first, the year of this encounter, and the circumstances surrounding it. Think of it like a game of Clue, telling us whether it was GeoCities in 1996 on a school Macintosh, or IMDb in 2003 on your parents’ Windows XP PC.

Our aim is to create a list of firsts. Of websites which deflowered our readers. All we ask is that you’re completely honest, so whether it was simply the homepage of your ISP, a porn site that a friend had told you about, or even MakeUseOf itself, just let us know in the comments below.

We Need You!

All comments will be read and most will be replied to. Depending on the level of interest, the responses may be turned into a full article. Those readers providing the best comments will thanked by name, receiving our extreme and everlasting gratitude for their efforts.

We Ask You is a column dedicated to crowdsourcing the wisdom of MakeUseOf readers. This column is nothing without you, as MakeUseOf is nothing without you.

  1. Greg Howells
    May 30, 2015 at 2:35 pm

    Altavista - I think. Or something with alt. at the front! :-)

  2. A41202813GMAIL ..
    May 29, 2015 at 6:41 pm --- I Needed An EASTER Calculating Program For My COBOL Commercial Applications. --- Cheers.

  3. Jesus Corujo Puga
    May 29, 2015 at 2:02 pm
  4. emilyrandall2
    May 29, 2015 at 10:49 am

    alt.rec.guineapig Must have been 1995. My young daughter was devoted to the critters, and an adept friend who worked at DEC took her by the hand and led her deep into the world of special interest bulletin boards. 'Okay,' she said. 'Thanks, but I like playing with my guinea pig better.' For me, it was Alta Vista, at work as a newspaper editor. Checking the lead stories on the competition's morning front page made it worth every curse, every crash.

  5. likefun butnot
    May 29, 2015 at 2:23 am

    The first web site I remember visiting was the NCSA Mosaic home page. There wasn't a whole lot of web back then. I spent more time on Gopher sites the first ~18 months I had full internet access. For you youngersters, full internet access meant a serial connection to a UNIX shell account. I only had a connection fast enough to load graphics while I was on campus.

  6. Lon Phillips
    May 29, 2015 at 1:29 am, a Phoenix AZ college website in 1996 since I was taking a class there.

  7. Colonel Angus
    May 28, 2015 at 9:53 pm

    Does Compuserve count as a website? If not, then probably Altavista.

  8. David Beadle
    May 28, 2015 at 7:33 pm

  9. Bob Becker
    May 28, 2015 at 7:26 pm


  10. Leah C
    May 28, 2015 at 5:18 pm

    AOL but does the portal really count as a website. I do remember using the random feature AOL had so I visited random sections and websites.

  11. Tara Moser
    May 28, 2015 at 2:34 pm

    I remember aol was my first website.

  12. Robert B. Martin
    May 28, 2015 at 1:42 pm

    AOL. Was there anything else in the beginning? Sometime in the 70's?

  13. Jeremy A Moats
    May 28, 2015 at 1:06 pm It was the Google of the 90's. Hotmail was next. Then I found GeoCities and built a website. Ran out of space and built another. Hotmail helped with that - creating multiple email addresses so I could create multiple Geocities accounts. Sad that Yahoo decided to kill millions of websites by shutting it all down. I know it was unprofitable, but the AD STRATEGIES were truly horrific, but possible to cancel out, making Yahoo lose profit potential.

  14. Ali Almajbary
    May 28, 2015 at 11:48 am

    I think easports or electronic arts website ^_^

    • Ali Almajbary
      May 28, 2015 at 11:48 am

      in 90's

  15. Carl Zahrt
    May 28, 2015 at 11:04 am

    1992 or 93.. a friend at IU told me to try his "web site" with a text browser (Lynx?). Yeah, I know it's before the "Web" as everyone knows it with graphics and all. But this was a computer geek at Indiana University. Can't remember if it had anything useful at all on it though.

  16. Brendan J Cilia
    May 28, 2015 at 10:30 am

    Earliest site I can remember was probably around 1998, hosted on

  17. Kanad Mehta
    May 28, 2015 at 8:20 am

    Yahoo! Took me 1hour or more to create a my first email id

  18. Mike Payne
    May 28, 2015 at 7:47 am

    Has to be Alta Vista - in the university computer lab in about 1993. Images built line by line and 15Kb/s download speed was considered blisteringly fast!

  19. Alan Wade
    May 28, 2015 at 6:32 am

    Napster and it use to take about 2 hours to get one song!

  20. Aibek Esengulov
    May 28, 2015 at 4:57 am

    Hotmail. It used to take me about 30 minutes to login into my inbox :)

  21. Vincenzo Baiocco
    May 28, 2015 at 3:33 am


    • John Carter
      May 28, 2015 at 7:49 am

      Ditto to this I believe.

  22. Read and Share
    May 28, 2015 at 2:05 am

    Early '90s -- some university library catalog -- and I remember feeling utterly unimpressed! So that was what the internet did? Oh, how little imagination I had...

    • Read and Share
      May 28, 2015 at 2:06 am

      Oh, and then a news website. I remember the weather map drawn almost line by line -- took almost forever...

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