My fiancee constantly asks me “Are they called emojis or emoticons?”. It’s pretty shocking how advanced she is in some parts of the internet and how behind she is in other areas. It’s like she is half millennial and half baby boomer on the internet.
I have to ask now: did you ever play The Neverhood? It was a point-and-click adventure game like Myst, but with claymation, beautiful claymation that still holds up to this day.
Did anyone else frequent Newgrounds as a kid?
I can’t be the only one…does anyone else miss the dial-up sound? I don’t miss anything else about dial-up, but the sound was great.
Thirded. AIM was fantastic for what it was. I was introduced to so many people through AIM, through mutual friends…it was the perfect addition to Myspace.
Speaking of Myspace, that and Geocities were the best for custom pages. I don’t care about whatever fancy component-based engines are out there now. Geocities and Myspace were accessible. How many people do you know that wrote HTML, maybe some CSS, just because of one or both of those sites? How many people do that now? That, I miss more than anything: the creative web.
The creative web is still there, it has just taken a different forms. I do agree that A LOT more work needs to happen in this space though. It seems like a lot of social networks thrive by lowering the barrier to entry. Participation often means writing a few words and copy and pasting something. These twitter-like networks are not inherently bad, but they shouldn’t be as dominant. We need more options to better express our ideas and share our creations.
There’s a version of it in Vietnam though - Yahoo 360. I remember blogging for 2-3 years during my teens there (circa 2005-2007). Lots of good stuff. You know, teen angst and coming of age and what have you.
Then one day, Yahoo just decided to cut it off altogether. They may have notified the users in someway. I never got the message. All my 20+ blog posts gone in a day. Still resentful to this day.
This should have been a cautionary tale for me not to ever, ever be overly dependent on any one platform… yet here I am. I’m glad that HN is building our own CMS from scratch.
Next step for me: try to imagine a world where I don’t have access to my Apple products, or iCloud, or Google. Where will my most valuable online possessions live?
I got introduced to the web for the first time around 2004.
The best online games lived on Miniclip.com.
Yahoo chat rooms were the best thing on the internet.
And, I also remember having to call the local branch of our ISP complaining that the ‘internet wasn’t working’.