How to access the World Wide Web in 1996

The Internet has grown up quite a bit over the last twenty years. Some lucky people bought domain names around this time, at a time where the whole world really didn’t know what to think of this whole “world wide web” thing. Just for fun let’s hop in a time capsule, go back in time twenty years and have someone explain the Internet to us for the first time…I think it would go something like this:


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  • JZ May 22, 2016, 11:07 pm

    the first time i was online was in 1997 at my dad’s friends house. all i did is search info about some rock bands and rile people in a few chat rooms. i had no idea what it would be come. though it would only be one year later that i would buy my first horrible domain name it would be almost 10 years later before i owned one of any value. early internet was fun though, for what it was.

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  • Amanda May 22, 2016, 11:41 pm

    My first time on the net was to go to a homework chat room recommended by my high school and I also remember not being able to get on line unless my parents were at work or in bed in case someone was calling. Thankfully they added a second line the following year when my parents started using on line more for both of their jobs.
    I enjoyed seeing the old school interface in the video but present day is definitely easier.

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  • Jeff Schneider May 25, 2016, 11:27 am

    Hello Morgan,
    Thank you for posting my reply comment to Joseph Peterson. Joseph is a favorite commentator of ours because of his Blatant Honesty. We have been active in the domaining Industry since 1995 and started buying our first batches of domains back then. I remember being so excited to see this new form of Online Marketing potential. If you think it was easy think again. Each domain in the after free era was over, ran about 100$ each. People such as Frank Schilling and many others were invisible to our Industry. There was this fascinating guy named Rick Schwartz who I gravitated towards because of his honesty and openess in helping people understand the excitement of the Domaing Industry. Now after years of participation by others, our Industry is closed mouth on really savvy information and advice, and only a handfull of domaining blogs are run by unbiased bloggers such as yourself and Rick Schwartz.
    Our Industry is rife with outright opportunists spouting false information, which for newbies is quite frustrating and often lethal to their bottom line. People such as Rick Schwartz are much more trustworthy than most other so called experts. That being said even Rick makes mistakes but more often than not they are unintentional.
    Those being new to our Industry, have no sounding board or experience to know the difference between opportunistic B.S. and the real thing. Rick Schwartzs Historical Archives at ricksblog are the absolute best UNCENSORED source in our Industry. He rarely censores comments in his still functional Educational site that is an absolute Gem in our Industry. If you are not taking advantage of this invaluable body of information you are sacrificing a competitive advantage. By the way RicksBlog is still visited for its informational source by many Knowledgable Domainers , the historical archives in the Blog remain Accessible to those interested in the real world of domaining. ENJOY and also thanks Rick for this invaluable resource library of knowledge you worked so hard to produce,

    Gratefully, Jeff Schneider (Contact Group) (Metal Tiger) Former Marketing Analyst/Strategist Rockefeller IBEC Group) (Licensed CBOE Commodity Hedge Strategist)

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