We were talking about this on another thread, and I thought it would be interesting to bring the discussion here. I couldn't find another thread about it, but if there is, please feel free to merge
The first time I saw the internet, it was a convoluted mess of computer speak that was incredibly difficult to navigate. At the time, most people I knew were still calling it the "World Wide Web".My husband (boyfriend at the time) was always saying, "This will change the world!"
I would look at him and think that it would be a nice diversion every once in awhile, but I didn't see how it would 'change the world'. Then, I saw my very first picture on the internet (which, btw, was one of the nastiest porno pics I've ever seen :rolleyes) and suddenly I had a flash of insight and realized that he was right. It really did have the capacity for changing the world (and not just to provide porno to the masses).
It boggles the mind that our kids will never know what the world was like before the internet. They won't remember a time when most of the pages had no pictures. They won't know life before 'Google' made searching for information as easy as turning the channel on the tv.
So, what are your first memories of the internet? Did you realize immediately what a significant technological wonder it would become or did you have a moment of , "aha!" like me?