Remember Your First Time on the Internet?


macrumors 68000
Original poster
Jan 19, 2010
North Hollywood, CA
What web sites did you visit the FIRST time you used the internet?

For me, the year was 1996. I had just graduated High School a week before. I went to my local library to check out the internet. I got a computer within 5 minutes. I had a huge grin and I kept saying, “COOL!” (Young and naive):D

The very first website I used was Yahoo. I used it to search for Bone Thugs lyrics and sites.

I’ll never forget that day!

I would've checked for porn, but... :eek:
(Peter Griffin did that in the library)


Staff member
May 3, 2009
Heck, I was online before there was a thing called the internet.
There was compuserve and a widely popular thing called BBS


Moderator emeritus
Mar 7, 2007
I don't remember when it was exactly, but it was either 1995 or 1996, at school, using a Mac.

We were to go to Yahoo and search for something.


macrumors 68020
Feb 18, 2003
Oh I don't even think I can go back that far, but I think it was around 1994 on my parents computer and checking out what was there. I remember the term "information super-highway" and thinking that it had potential to get there, but in 1994 it was more like the information dirt road in the middle of nowhere.

BTW even if you tried to look up 'teh Pr0n' back in those days you would have lost interest by the time the picture got even close to downloading. Baud rates were very slow in that era 14.4, modems were pretty slick tech.


macrumors G3
Aug 24, 2009
Yep. Took about 30 seconds for Google to load in IE5. I had Windows 98.



macrumors 6502a
Jun 17, 2009
It was on an open day at a further education college in 1995. It took ages for the computer to start-up and load Netscape and then there were no real websites to look at. I remember thinking it was all a pointless waste of time. I remember looking-up WHSmith which just had a phone number to call for 'more information'.

Heck, I was online before there was a thing called the internet.
There was compuserve and a widely popular thing called BBS
Ooh - aren't you the big one? Yawn.


Mar 4, 2006
My university's web site. Back in late 1991 the entire Web was uni sites, computer fanboy sites, links to Usenet groups and sites devoted to Star Trek. Seriously, that was it. Nothing else :D

Oh and our university had its own search engine based on Gopher. There was no Yahoo! or Google back then :)


macrumors 65816
Mar 11, 2009
Edinburgh, UK
Sometime in the late '90s - The ty beanie babies website *facepalm*

Problem is since dial up cost so much my dad insisted on saving it offline, so you couldn't actually do anything but look at a home page :rolleyes:

5 or 6 years later when I went back onto the internet for something other than school, I was terrified that something bad was going to happen. Cyber bullying, grooming, viruses, porn, oh the many danger of the netz!


macrumors 6502
Jul 27, 2007
Iowa City, Iowa
I was looking up Dungeons and Dragons monsters and information back in 1996 or so at my buddy's house. We logged onto Compuserve, waited for the dialing, and away we went.

I did not fully understand what the "Internet" was until sometime around 1998; I thought it was some special program his parents bought that needed a phone for some reason. Man, was I an idiot.

The first time I used email was in 1999, and I got my first experience with online prono in about 2000 at a friend's house (we looked for nekkid pictures of Gillian Andersen from the X-files).

Since 2004, I have been using the Internet every single day to gather information on anything you can imagine. My top five sites: Macrumors, Wikipedia, My school's intranet, WebPath, and UpToDate. Honorable mentions: DPreview, Amazon, and Ebay.

can't live without it.


macrumors 68040
Feb 20, 2009
East of Lyra, Northwest of Pegasus
I was on a couple of BBSes in high school, usually grabbing stuff for the Commodore. I got my first email account in 1991 at college, and started using stuff like Archie, Gopher, and various FTP sites. Sadly, I also found BBSes on the internet and MUDs. I lost a semester or two to those things. Ouch. I saw my first web browser (Mosaic) around 1994 when one of my profs, who was a major geek, showed all the pretty pictures you could look at on the internet. I remember thinking "So what? What is it good for?"

I guess I found out.


macrumors 68000
Sep 21, 2008
Georgia, USA
First time on the internet was the first day that I moved into my dorm room at college in 1996 (Georgia Tech). I was completely amazed at "being online" and being able to get info from so many places so fast. I grew up in a small north Georgia town where a local phone company had a monopoly on communication, and internet connection costs were completely outrageous, so I had no experience with it until college.


macrumors 65816
Mar 12, 2006
N'Albany, Indiana
Around 1997 usin the AOL 4.0 browser and usually lookin up cheat codes at CheatCC before it got all ad-crazy. Also looking for MIDIs because I never knew where to get MP3s until 2000 which was through Lycos audio search then Altavista.

I remember a lot of websites had e-mail service for no apparent reason, just for the heckuvit. For instance, there was a fansite for Re-volt and the another for Turok and they both had email service. I would create email accounts through them for fun but never really used them. :eek:

I also did a lot of my searching through "Northern Light". I usually could find better results through them than other sites, but they got out of the search engine business pretty quickly.

Anybody know what I'm talkin about? :cool:


macrumors regular
Mar 4, 2009
...MP3s until 2000 which was through Lycos audio search then Altavista.
I LIVED off that website for ages! Lycos audio search FTW!

Anyways, when we first got internet, my first experience was with a e-mail pal my dad and i somehow acquired. He lived in England or something. I was just a kid, i think it was in 96 or 97? We used to email back and forth every night before bed. haha, good times.


macrumors member
Mar 8, 2010
Anybody out there remember the movie War Games... I saw that, begged for my first computer which was a Franklin -- an Apple 2 clone. For Christmas that year I got a hayes modem -- and my first connection to the internet. I won't say what year... but let's just say HTML stood for "He Took My Lemonade"


Moderator emeritus
Oct 8, 2002
The Bamboo Forest
I ran a BBS for a while. Was kinda fun. I remember getting on Prodigy too. I also remember using Yahoo! not for searching but for going into the games category to look at the list of sites (there weren't a lot). I had a 300 baud modem at one point.

I also recall downloading an MP3 of a Nine Inch Nails song at one point from a BBS. I didn't know what an MP3 was at all. I got an MP3 player and the MP3. I just knew I liked the band. It wasn't until I used the MP3 file in the MP3 player software that I realized what it was... I was kind of sad since I already had the song on CD and it was a big waste of tying up the phone overnight.

I'm not 100% sure when I moved from BBS to Internet. I used FidoNet from time to time and a few other things so I was probably unknowingly on the Internet at some point before I was actually "on the Internet".


macrumors P6
Jul 17, 2005
5045 feet above sea level
i remember having to sign up for a wait list to get online at a library

i remember my teachers in 7th grade saying they were going surfing together at lunch (at time i didnt know what they were talking about)

i remember when email was introduced to me and how cool it was to be able to send messages!

i remember playing nanosaur on those bondi imacs in 7th grade lol

i remember the search wars beofre google. I was a altavista perosn but also used ask jeeves and lycos