Remembering The Old Internet

I was remembering what the internet was like in the 90s the other day. Back then pages were about things someone was interested in instead of how to game the system to get to the top of google or have the most ads and ad clicks. Fuck SEO! There were still shitty site back then but there were so many interesting ones too.

Dial up though was slow and inconsistent. Whenever you were downloading something big you or someone else would pick up the phone. It never failed. The other thing is when you paid by the hour for the connection and by the minute for phone time. I’d try to find what I was looking for then disconnect and read the page.

I happened across Wiby the other day. It’s a search engine for older type pages. Very cool site the surprise me button is fun.

Despite the ads and spammyness being a disadvantage I’ll take the modern web over the older web. We have decent search engines and stuff like wikipedia or google maps and openstreetmap. It’s also great to be connected anytime you want for as long as you want. Even on your phone it’s readily accessible now.

We also don’t have the blinking or scrolling text now which did nothing but be an annoyance. I do kinda miss the endless under construction gifs.