But yeah, I came in late 90s on the internet and it was NNTP and Email, with quick dashes on (crappy) websites for some fan stuff around music groups and fantasy illos.
Hell, I met my partner of 21 years on a mailing list (2 of them, actually).
@Sandra It’s only way of solving reservation problem of one paper book copy/digitalization, I think. So you can borrow several times.
...gosh, I... feel like I missed out, now. I've never been on Facebook, either... IDK that The Ongoing & Surprisingly Longer Than Calendars Would Suggest Year Of The Great COVID Pandemic has led to me making that many new connections with people over the internet. More like, lots of isolation and loneliness and mental turmoil, so far. Or perhaps exacerbation thereof.
> I think it would be difficult but we can try a little harder to get that internet back.
That seems worth doing... IDK how.
Thinking about it I remember participating in the Creatures (artificial life game series) community for a little while via IRC. I have positive-ish memories of that, maybe. And a few other old things. I also have been on a few MUSHes/MUCKs/??? since quite some time; but you have to be willing to learn at least a little of their Zork-esque language of command line interaction to exist there, and it does kinda feel like what there still is in that space exists amidst the silent fossils of what once was.
@Sandra this is exactly how I feel about it. I'm too young to have experienced email, personal blogs and irc in their prime, but I really do wish fedi and irc was more diverse than it is these days.
I miss the art and music and food and all the other stuff that I used to follow on "normal" social media and I can totally see how the lack of those kind of more universally relatable topics on fedi keeps people on the silos.
Discovery on fedi is also not great and it can be difficult to find stuff.
@Sandra @szczezuja @kensanata I started with BBSes that were like a secret club for nerds. It had FidoMail (like email but slower), online games, chats with up to 7 other online users and warez. So much warez.
Then the internet became easily accessible and everything got bigger and global. IRC, email, usenet, ICQ (an early instant messenger), FTP, web forum boards, and an early form of online 3D virtual world called Active Worlds (which still exists, somehow). That was my net experience. I had a homepage that I only used to put random things like screenshots from shows I liked at the time. Some years later LiveJournal appeared and became my first social media experience. I still think it had better design than anything we've got today.
The web itself was less about stores and services and more about curious things. You'd see tiny websites about things people intensely cared about and silly projects like webcams that monitored a fish tank or let you set the message on a LED sign on someone's bedroom.
@Sandra I learned the lesson of just not filling in identifying details in my card :p
You give your UIN to friends and that's it.
@Sandra @szczezuja @kensanata re: phone. bills the phone company in my area used to offer major discounts in the evening so that became the unofficial "modem hours" for everyone I knew locally. It also helped that at night there was much less of a chance that your parents would pick up the phone and interrupt the connection
The big thing about the time is that things like IRC servers and usenet may have been ISP hosted but they still had an underground feel to them - the admins would care of these without any manipulation from the rest of the company. It wasn't "IRC - brought to you by AT&T" but a thing all to itself.
The fediverse is recapturing some of that, at least.
This is a brand new server run by the main developers of the project as a spin-off of mastodon.social It is not focused on any particular niche interest - everyone is welcome as long as you follow our code of conduct!