Did anyone else chat on wbs.net during its infamy in the 1990s? I don’t expect replies on this, but I recall wbs (WebChat Broadcasting System) being the first major site outside of a search engine (which i think was Lycos, but I’m not sure) I ever visited on the “world wide web”. And the first chat room I ever visited was the Christian room on wbs.net under the handle “purple martin”. Ah, those were the days. I met my first boyfriend through wbs, now that I think of it. I posted the logo of my high school one day (when copyright law, privacy, and safety were obviously not hot issues to 14 year olds—and I suppose not many teens care now anyway) and he messaged me because he recognized the logo. The rest, as they say…
So anyway, I just had a gleeful time on this wiki page. Ah how fun the days of early internet. I’m shocked I haven’t found it before, actually. I wonder if there’s one on NetCentral.net where I met my second and third serious boyfriends (okay wow… that’s a theme… and this is pathetic. Holla CCM boys!).
Alrighty, I just looked for a wiki on it and none exists. So, if any former NetCentral peeps are out there in my small and limited readership… a new wiki can be your claim to fame. PsYcHoPuRpLeGiRl (don’t laugh! I was 14!) says “Do it.”
Speaking of early internet, by the way… I was reading an article on online blogging software and online blog hosts (like blogger.com for instance) and I came across a fact that makes me feel old. The first online blogging agent was pitas.com (and if you go there now you can see essentially the very same layout that was there when it started). Well, believe it or not, I had a blog on pitas.com and then on its contemporary, diaryland (which I called “dairyland” in my head for a few years until I made myself see straight. Don’t blame me! Their flowery layout would make anyone say “moo”!). All journaling included, I’ve used: the aforementioned, angelfire, blogger, movabletype, xanga, myspace, and wordpress. That’s also allowing for overlap, forgotten applications, and blogs self-made without the use of a content management system. So from about 1996-2006 I’ve been writing crap down for public consumption. God knows I hope it’s more digestible now than it was a decade ago!
So when you first got online, what did you do? What do you remember? What was your first social interaction online like and what name did you go by, if any? When did you start being “public” with your thoughts or creativity? What are some of your random memories?