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9 ways every noughties teen mortified themselves on the internet

MSN, Neopets, word art… it was a dark time.

GROWING UP WITH the internet had its drawbacks.

1. Your first email address was probably something like

…which you continued to use until you got a college one.

2. The first question you asked everyone was ASL?

And sometimes you even answered like this. You gas ticket.


3. MSN messenger was a hive of regret

You signed out and back in to get people’s attention, admit it.

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4. Spending ages choosing the perfect font and colour for your text

Always magenta or blue, always comic sans, always completely unreadable.

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5. Faking being away so you didn’t have to talk to someone

BRB, dinner.


6. Habitually breaking the family PC with dodgy downloads from Limewire

All those Winamp files looked so safe though…

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And then everyone on MSN could see your eclectic music tastes.

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7. If your mam was on the phone, you’d resort to doing this on MS paint

… before printing it out and using up every scrap of ink in the process.

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8. Your Dogz were basically your life

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Or Neopets, if you had notions.

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9. And all your school projects were absolutely abused by Word Art

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