10 old in­ter­net trends (1)

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Trends on the In­ter­net are con­stantly chang­ing, and those changes tend to hap­pen ex­tremely fast. A web­site or so­cial net­work that was cool last year is prob­a­bly at least a lit­tle less cool to­day. That’s just the way it goes when it comes to web cul­ture and bet­ter tech­nol­ogy. We get bored and move on to newer, cooler things.

The In­ter­net is still young, but we’ve al­ready seen a whole bunch of sites, tools and so­cial trends peak in user num­bers and then slowly die right be­fore our eyes. So here’s a blast from the past of some of our most beloved In­ter­net trends we once knew and loved so many years ago – yet hardly even re­mem­ber to­day.

1. Geoc­i­ties

There was a time when it seemed like ev­ery sin­gle per­son em­brac­ing this new thing called “the In­ter­net” had a re­ally col­or­ful, flashy site hosted for free by Geoc­i­ties, Angelfire or Tri­pod. Al­most ev­ery­one’s site re­sem­bled a high-tech disco party of poorly thought out color schemes, HTML frames up the wha­zoo and re­ally bad an­i­mated GIFs that made no sense. Sadly, Geoc­i­ties.com has been taken off­line and buried for­ever in the past. It was fun while it lasted. Good old Geoc­i­ties. We’ll never for­get you.

2. ICQ

ICQ de­buted in 1996 as the very first in­stant mes­sag­ing plat­form. When people fig­ured out that you could sign up and add ac­tual people you knew to your own friend list so you could chat in real-time, it was a pretty big deal. People even­tu­ally moved on to other pop­u­lar mes­sen­ger apps like AIM, MSN and oth­ers, but be­lieve it or not -ICQ is ac­tu­ally still alive to­day. In fact, you can even get it on your mo­bile de­vice. Al­though no­body re­ally talks about us­ing it much any­more, it’s done slightly al­right in terms of keep­ing up with the times.

3. Hot­mail

Most of us as­so­ciate Hot­mail with the rise of In­ter­net use and email in the mid to late 90s. A sig­nif­i­cant num­ber of us Gen Yers cre­ated hor­ri­ble ad­dresses like sexy_dev­il_1988 (at) hot­mail (dot) com with­out think­ing twice, and spent a lot of time send­ing out fake chain letters and mes­sages that asked you to stare at a pic­ture of a room for 30 sec­onds be­fore a creepy zom­bielike face would sud­denly ap­pear. Hot­mail is ac­tu­ally still around to­day, but it was re­cently sort of re­vamped by Mi­crosoft with the launch of Out­look.com.

4. Neopets

In the 90s, there was a huge trend with the whole “vir­tual pet” idea. Af­ter Ta­m­agochis kind of had their run, the rise of the In­ter­net gave way to some­thing new: Neopets – a site launched in 1999 where you could take care of vir­tual pets and pur­chase vir­tual items for them to use in gam­ing against other users. Some people con­sider it to be one of the very first, true so­cial net­works of the web. The site is still up, and looks just as fun as ever. In 2011, Neopets an­nounced that since it was first cre­ated, the site passed one tril­lion page views.

5. Nap­ster

Nap­ster was the very first peer-to-peer (P2P) file-shar­ing net­work that es­sen­tially rat­tled the mu­sic and en­ter­tain­ment in­dus­try. Most of us re­mem­ber it well. Free mu­sic? Yes please. To­day, Nap­ster is part of mu­sic stream­ing ser­vice Rhap­sody. Al­though Nap­ster re­ally helped kick-off the dig­i­tal and In­ter­net­based mu­sic trend, it went through le­gal stuff to get us to where we are now. Cloud-based mu­sic ser­vices like Spo­tify and Rdio now of­fer us a new and to­tally le­gal way to en­joy mu­sic.

(Culled from web­trends. about.com… fol­low @sinach360 and @Dai­ly_Trust) Yes, be­cause he is the coach. If the of­fi­cials know bet­ter, one of them should take the coach­ing job. Yes, be­cause he in­ter­acts with the play­ers and knows their ca­pac­ity and ca­pa­bil­ity bet­ter than ev­ery­one else. Yes, but he should lis­ten to some Nige­rian sport com­men­ta­tors and pun­dits be­cause two heads are bet­ter than one.

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