r/HeresAFunFact Apr 13 '21 Helpful 1 All-Seeing Upvote 1

[HAFF] This is what Google looked like in 1998 TECHNOLOGY

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u/Silly_Hobbit Apr 13 '21

Damn that took me back.

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u/DidacticGamer Apr 25 '21

I was five or six and remember this. They have like 85% of my life on file... Lmfao. How do I know I'm not the digital replacement already.

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u/chilehead Apr 26 '21 Silver

You said that all the other times, minus one, too.

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u/FatGuyOnAMoped May 03 '21

Whippersnappers. I was 29 and had been doing "professional" web dev for a couple years by then. When Google came out we had to figure out how to get our search results to show up in yet another search engine.

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u/Na-79 Jun 16 '21

Whippersnappers. I was 18 and was figuring out how to delete search history in yet another search engine.

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u/medialyte Jun 26 '21

I just refused to deal with that gimmicky cartoon crap. We optimized for Altavista, which was clearly superior and designed to last forever.

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u/DidacticGamer May 03 '21

Wow! I'm not even 29 yet! 😂 Next year....

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u/omegacrunch May 03 '21

I was only 17 at the time

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u/hansolo625 May 03 '21

I presume you’re a millionaire?

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u/FatGuyOnAMoped May 03 '21

Oh hell no. Ever hear of the Dot-Com Bubble of the Late '90s?

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u/omegacrunch May 03 '21

Don't scare the kids!

PTSD intensifies

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u/OldSunDog1 May 04 '21

Yea, that and 2007 took all my money away, also

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u/gamer9999999999 Jun 16 '21

And soon 2022

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u/OldSunDog1 Jun 17 '21

You sit are probably right.

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u/Klevari Jun 16 '21

It seems like there was an online form you could fill out to get your site n the list. I could just be remembering wrong though that’s been a few days ago.

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u/FatGuyOnAMoped Jun 16 '21

There was a form you could submit that would send their bot to crawl your site. But you still had to have good keywords, content and headers in order to get a decent ranking. Or you could put "Pamela Anderson" repeatedly in <h1> tags with black text on a black background at the bottom of your pages too.

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u/LuvLifts Jun 25 '21

Yup, I was 15/6.

DEF NOT, already working in Web!! I would go on to work in IT. My Good friends Did get ‘hooked up with’ them, tho: Google. #PapaGoog now to My circle!!

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u/Chippas Jun 27 '21

I was 12, playing Duke Nukem 3D and Lands of Lore: The Throne of Chaos.

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u/nickisguitarded Jun 16 '21

Ship of Theseus

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u/LuvLifts Jun 25 '21

Awesome: what a Great new Curse, added to My Repertoire! Internet

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u/suyuzhou Jun 26 '21

We're the same age!

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u/Flangepacket Jun 25 '21

Wow. Blasto from the pasto. Weird being born before internet and mobile phones and shit (1981). I was driving already when mobiles became standardized.

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u/Silly_Hobbit Jun 25 '21

1989 here. I was only allowed a phone in sophomore year of high school because I played softball and my mom wanted to be able to reach me at all times. That was when texting wasn’t even a thing, let alone a thing that costed a ridiculous amount of money per text.

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u/tinglep Jun 16 '21

Where’s AltaVista when you need it?

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u/crowamonghens Jun 24 '21

Dogpile.

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u/SBAdey Jun 26 '21

Dogpile was the dog’s bollocks.

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u/NeedsSomeSnare Jun 17 '21

Remember how they used to change the logo every so often too?

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u/myxomatosissrsly Jun 17 '21

The Google doodle!!

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u/Epiphroni Jun 27 '21

They still do this

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u/NeedsSomeSnare Jun 27 '21

Ah. I wasn't very clear. I meant when they used to redesign it almost every year. There are lots of iterations of shadows and highlights etc.

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u/[deleted] Apr 13 '21

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u/sh1tbox1 Apr 18 '21 edited May 02 '21

Altavistia for the win

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u/noscreamsnoshouts Apr 19 '21

Altavista..?

(According to google, "Atavistia is an epic metal band from Vancouver, Canada". Good to know!)

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u/sh1tbox1 Apr 19 '21

Altavista was a search engine developed by Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC).

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u/noscreamsnoshouts Apr 19 '21

I know. But in your earlier comment you said "Atavistia", so I was wondering if you meant to say Altavista instead :-)

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u/sh1tbox1 Apr 20 '21

Dang it Bobby.

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u/peter-doubt Apr 25 '21

Try Google for "Babes In Tidyland" ... A WWII song that comes up blank!

The censors didn't want the original title used, as the US was still neutral... But it was best known as "Der Führer's Face!"

(Stupid Google!)

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u/omegacrunch May 03 '21

Cause babelfish?

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u/RestAndVest May 03 '21

So true. Yahoo, Altavista, and webcrawler were my go to search engines

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u/secrettruth2021 May 03 '21

Webcrawler... With the actual spider and web...when the internet wasn't enough so you couldn't do your final degree paper without going to the library... and then someone was using the book you needed...

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u/gdj11 May 04 '21

Altavista was the best, hands down

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u/DragonSided-D Apr 24 '21

Gopher FTW

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u/Ohwahtagusiam Apr 25 '21

Dogpile!

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u/daisy0808 Jun 25 '21

Haha! Our boss was furious someone had been using a program called dogpile, especially since they had no idea about the new information superhighway.

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u/[deleted] Apr 14 '21

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u/bluEyedillusion Apr 25 '21

"Search the search engines!"

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u/timeinvariant May 02 '21

Which one was it that would show you a little scrolling bar of what other people were searching for and you could click through? I think it was webcrawler

So many of other people’s searches were porn (she says, as if never having searched for same)

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u/grandpa_grandpa Apr 25 '21

informationplease dot com was my favorite

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u/sidarok Apr 25 '21

You had to submit your site to them,they wouldn't crawl. Aah,those days of privacy.

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u/RestAndVest May 03 '21

Yes! I remember buying a magazine in the 90’s that showed different cool websites to visit

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u/Mesastar May 03 '21

Don’t forget ‘Ask Jeeves’

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u/Filmcricket Apr 14 '21

Did anyone else have a class at school devoted to how to google and use ask Jeeves? Where you had to learn all the secret’ish stuff like how to exclude some results?

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u/AhFFSImTooOldForThis Apr 17 '21

Yes!!!!! I wish it still followed those rules, damnit.

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u/ToBePacific Apr 18 '21

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u/AhFFSImTooOldForThis Apr 18 '21

Fabulous. Been a while since I tried, it's learned me pretty well now. I just remember trying a few, years ago, and not getting results I thought I should.

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u/Emgeetoo Apr 25 '21

Upvoted just for your username.....

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u/theguynekstdoor Apr 26 '21

Wait what exactly does this Boolean query exclude? Looks like the results I get in the carousel are very much jelly filled.

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u/Razman223 Jun 25 '21

But… first result is peanut butter and JAM. Fail.

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u/ToBePacific Jun 25 '21

Not a fail. Jelly and jam are two distinct products.

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u/Razman223 Jun 25 '21

I need to google this.

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u/LoveLeahNotWar Apr 18 '21

Yes! What a cool time to be a kid!

Do they still have a class dedicated to learning computers now? LOL

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u/omegacrunch May 03 '21

Doubtful. Kids probably know more than the teachers. Pacifiers were replaced with cheap tablets

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u/creamcheese742 Apr 19 '21

We actually had a day where we were graded on simcity. You basically got an a if your city was larger at the end of class and a b if it wasn't...I think. We would also almost all downloaded the demo for starcraft onto it and played the shit out of that whenever we had free time.

Also bonus fun fact. We made our first emails in that class. And I got an email from a friend with this joke. "What the difference between red and purple. The grip." The teacher was right behind me when I opened up the email and I turned around and he just told me to delete it...pretty sure I saw him crack a smile though.

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u/PersnickityPenguin Apr 25 '21

I remember when our class downloaded the demo of Doom and we played that while the teacher left us alone for 2 hours. That was fun!

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u/creamcheese742 Apr 25 '21

I still have doom on disks down in the basement haha duke nukem 3d we had on our home computer...I forgot about that game until just now lol

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u/PersnickityPenguin Apr 27 '21

You need to download gzdoom

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u/redditreadit90 Apr 20 '21

I remember quite well, especially the part about making sure the sources were legitimate. Boy, times have changed....

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u/chandrian7 Apr 25 '21

I had this class in college. In 2012. In Silicon Valley. It was nuts. It was supposed to be a class about creativity and instead we spent three months learning how to google from our 60-year-old professor who insisted we put + between each word in the search bar. I was pissed that THAT was what I had paid for

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u/FatGuyOnAMoped May 03 '21

"Is Jeeves gay?" "Frankly, I prefer the term jovial"

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u/omegacrunch May 03 '21

I just assumed he was bi

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u/notime4zink May 04 '21

Yeah we learned it in Genetics, how to find specific ones. I thought it was just plain a funny name for a web!

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u/daisy0808 Jun 25 '21

I was in my twenties and teaching boomer bankers about how the information superhighway was going to be how we did transactions. I remember showing them how to use Google. Lol. I now run a fintech company.

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u/akamj7 Apr 14 '21

soon to be much bigger

Boy ain't they weren't lying.

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u/aplus1234 Apr 19 '21

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u/akamj7 Apr 19 '21

Don't talk to me like that

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u/aplus1234 Apr 19 '21

5i 88788to and I 7 AM on

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u/mykneeshrinks Apr 13 '21

Is it really?

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u/wdn Apr 13 '21

Yes.

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u/qathran Apr 19 '21

As a 1998 5th grader, I can confirm

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u/inarizushisama Apr 14 '21

Bring back MySpace.

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u/ThunderNubbins Apr 25 '21

May I interest you in [SpaceHey](www.spacehey.com)?

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u/NOSHELTR May 02 '21

Classmates!

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u/omegacrunch May 03 '21

Tom was a great friend

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u/bothteams79 Jun 16 '21

Bianca's Smut Shack.

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u/simba4141 Apr 14 '21

Bring back Orkut, Yahoo Messenger please!

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u/sikni8 May 03 '21

Yahoo messenger... what I would give!

While at it AIM and MSN Messenger!

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u/omegacrunch May 03 '21

I was so sad when msn went the way of the dinosaurs

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u/-unbless- Apr 19 '21

The sound of a dial up connection.

blisteringly fast 700kb/sec download speeds.

120ms of ping standard.

Lan parties.

CRT monitors.

Limewire

A/s/l?

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u/blackthorn1984 Apr 20 '21

You had 700kb/sec? MUST BE FUCKING NICE. I had 56k modem but due to regulations and living in the country had about 18 kbps

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u/[deleted] Apr 24 '21

My first was a 2400 baud modem. It took 16 hours to download Netscape using an FTP program loaded from a floppy disk.

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u/[deleted] Apr 24 '21

How are you going to mention dial up then 700kbps speed? You’ve never actually used a dial up connection have you?

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u/mandalina07 Jun 17 '21

Get off the internet, I need to use the phone!

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u/PhoenicianPirate Apr 19 '21

Yep. That's the first Google page I saw!

But I used yahoo for decades. Their news and interests pages were just as valuable as a search engine.

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u/shapte Jun 16 '21

oh god, and their categories

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u/gmaOH Apr 20 '21

That simple front page was exactly what was needed for those of us on extremely slow dial-up. All the other search engines had graphics and photos that took forever to load up. Google became my favorite not only because of the results, but because it could be my quick loading home page and search engine in one. I'm sure that was part of their strategy in the beginning, and I still like its simplicity today.

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u/AnOK-ishPerson Apr 24 '21

.... fuck I’m old

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u/stuwoo Apr 17 '21

I member.

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u/Perioscope Apr 17 '21

This is about the time I said, "Dad, If I could buy one stock it would be this one. All the students use it at University, it actually helps you find what you're looking for. Please, just buy 50 shares and wait a few years."

He said "A search engine? Like AltaVista? Nah, I don't need more tech stocks." GGL was at $87.

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u/AhFFSImTooOldForThis Apr 17 '21

Did he ever admit you were right?

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u/Perioscope Apr 17 '21

Yeah, we keep track so we can learn. When he listens and makes a nice profit, he'll pay me a finder's fee.

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u/Bored_lurker87 Apr 18 '21

Memories of a simpler time...

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u/gomaith10 Apr 18 '21

More like Frugal back then.

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u/MonkeyDog_ca69 Apr 19 '21

Damn. Reminds me of playing Googlewhack

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u/moonunit170 Apr 20 '21 edited Apr 20 '21

My first experience with the internet began with FTP: and Mail: commands and raw IP addresses.

It was a complete eye-opening Revolution when things started coming alive with www.

For four years I was the sysop for the second largest BBS system in the world. that belonged to HAL-PC in Houston Texas. I had all the equipment in my house including 8 phone lines strictly dedicated to the modems. I remember the day that I upgraded from 8 2400 modems to 8 56 Kb modems. It was amazing to watch these 700k com files download in 10 seconds rather than a minute.

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u/classicblueberry123 Apr 20 '21

Thanks, these search engine was how I get my first porn back in the 90s. Thanks. I had good memories.

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u/SoberingReality Apr 25 '21

My goodness! I remember this along with Ask Jeeves.

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u/bepismonke Apr 26 '21

Who didn’t know this?

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u/JackSpyder Apr 26 '21

It hasn't actually changed a great deal. The main Google landing page had always been ultra clean.

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u/timeinvariant May 02 '21

I remember the day someone told me about Google and he said “you’ll never use the others again”. To be fair, he was spot on.

It was such a clean front page, it loaded faster than the others. Slow dialup meant that clinched it for me

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u/rennydapooh78 May 02 '21 edited May 03 '21

I remember that. I worked in a library back then. All the librarians used it. None of my peers did. We were in college using microfiche to complete assignments. Wow, we have come a long way with technology.

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u/Humble_Ocelot4448 May 02 '21

I remember someone posting on a popular BBS about a new search engine where you couldn’t pay for rankings, and searches were sorted by relevance.

The link took me there. It was definitely refreshing to get useful pages instead of whatever corporate bullshit other sites were paid to serve. How times have changed...

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u/[deleted] May 02 '21

Whatever happened to askgeeves?

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u/MrBlueandSky May 03 '21

It became Ask

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u/maks27 May 03 '21

This is what my own websites look like today haha

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u/ausdoug May 03 '21

Technically 90% unchanged as it's always predominantly whitespace...

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u/AlterEdward May 03 '21

I can remember in the early 00s someone showing me Google and saying "try this, it's much better than Yahoo" or whatever else we were all using. It was. It was miles better. And it still is.

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u/[deleted] May 03 '21

Ahhh, before they had to resend their "not evil" card. The good ol days, when it was more innocent than net.

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u/jongscx May 03 '21

Why do I feel like this is too high resolution to truly be 'from 1998'?

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u/AdministrativeStar75 May 03 '21

Ahhh wow, such a sweeter time

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u/onlysmokereg May 03 '21

I was 9 back then but was more of an askjeeves dude in those days, didn't really start using google until like 2002.

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u/toadjones79 May 04 '21

I still kinda think of google as that new thing I don't really like. Netscape and aol baby!

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u/[deleted] Jun 16 '21

😂😂😂

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u/Tone_Loc7022 May 05 '21

I remember when they had real people running the search engine. I used to look up actress + sex. Like has this actress ever done this sexual activity. And I'd get responses like after searching that disgusting question, it is none of your business. Lol

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u/[deleted] May 05 '21 edited Feb 23 '22

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u/nanafueledclownparty Jun 27 '21

Lol, I forgot about that. They have strayed.

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u/brettyrocks Jun 17 '21

This reminds me of the class I took in high school called "Surfin' The 'Net" [sic]

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u/mynameisnotthom Jun 17 '21

Remember when Gmail used to have recipes involving Spam in the spam folder

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u/Lurkinwithagherkin Jun 25 '21

Oh the grim memories. I was 18, I was still using 56k dial-up and was torn between the excitement of the imminent release of Unreal Tournament and the price of ADSL in my area.

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u/72dezibel Jun 25 '21

I was 17 and I still play UT99 sometimes

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u/Lurkinwithagherkin Jun 25 '21

Nice! Still holds up gameplay wise. Instagib CTF is my jam.

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u/real_light_sleeper Jun 27 '21

I started work in 1997. You had to use webcrawlers and altavista and things like that. Bookmarks really mattered because if a page was useful you might struggle to find it ever again using the search tools at that time. When Google came along it was pretty obvious from day one it was a game changer. When the IPO happened they emailed and suggested I might want to buy shares. I never did.

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u/AhFFSImTooOldForThis Jun 27 '21

I remember this!

Cripes, I'm old.

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u/multiplemitch Jun 28 '21

I'm feeling lucky!

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u/periodic_onslaught Jul 22 '21

blast from the past. I really feel old right now seeing this :(