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16 things all Irish people did in the early days of the internet

Those WERE the days.

AH, THE EARLY internet. So much to do.

1. Had one of these discs to boot up the world wide web

Usually picked up by your da at a stall down in Supervalu.

aoldisks-e6c88c4d7b360d6e0ceb65934d589a8513c414e3-s1100-c15 Source: NPR

2. Suffered through this

Not to mention waiting for your mam to get off the phone.

I’ll let you go.

The Holy Grail.

Source: willterminus/YouTube

3. Signed up for the perfect oceanfree.net email

Sexydivay2k@oceanfree.net. How could it possibly backfire?


They’re still out there.

4. Lived in anticipation of 00.00 on Saturday morning to avail of free weekends


5. Checked out all the latest news on these super slick sites



Not forgetting iol.

aioll Source: iol.ie via Way Back Machine

6. Felt like a God rating people on Hot or Not

While never actually putting your photo up.

hot_or_not-787333 Source: Newfolder

7. Shot the breeze on message boards

Talking to this lad in Clare, it’s meant to be gals.


8. Logged on to Bebo to update your flashbox and take that bitch Nancy out of your top 10

Oh to be on that featured page…


9. Set up your own webpage

Yes, it was definitely iol.ie/~kingofdub28746 and contained nothing but a gif and a guestbook.

book_1 Source: Primariabaiadearama

10. Cruised the oceanfree chatrooms

ASL? 14 yes Cork.


11. And added some randos on MSN as a result

* Signs in and out so they notice you*

6 Source: Photobucket

12. Checked out the iol webcams

Jesus technology is great, isn’t it?


13. Looked up more information about your favourite movies and bands

Damien Rice message board? On it.

aboyz Source: Boyzonefans via Geocities

latelate97-630x280 Source: Thejournal

14. Felt you were getting away with the perfect crime by translating your French homework on Babblefish and were shocked when you failed

translation1 Source: Kyspeaks

15. Downloaded songs you hadn’t heard in ages on Napster

It only took about two days to download Gotta Tell You, while constantly looking over your shoulder for the inevitable police raid.

Napster1-568x412 Source: Sftcdn

16. Googled this to deal with the massive phonebill every month


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