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Can you think back to your early days on the interweb and the first times when it reached it awesomeness potential

I was on the web quite early in the "Mosiac" days but it was all a bit meh at that point ...

I think they thing that made me realise the webs true potential (other than for looking at porn) was the "I kiss you all over man" who sadly I can't find any trace of but it was essentially some Greek (??) man who had created a dating profile if I recall he was a cross between Borat and and a Harry Enfield impression , but it appeared to be genuine

He had the immortal line of "I Kiss you all over" and then people started getting pictures taken with this phrase and uploading ... Probably the first instance I can think of when the web went viral

other notable mentions would be the Geeky looking kid with braces who was selling his virginity on ebay and bidding had went up to a few million $'s


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- who made the mistake of sending an email to a work colleague telling him how nice his man juice tasted

though at 2000 this was quite a late entry

so what other pioneering internet sensations can you think of

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This is how I most remember the early days of the internet:


Favourite early abuse was the IBM mouseballs memo. More of an email abuse than internet but funny nevertheless:

>> This is an actual alert to IBM Field Engineers that went out to

>> all IBM Branch Offices. The person who wrote it was very

>> serious. The rest of us guys find it rather funny.

>> ----------------------------------------------------------------

>> Abstract: Mouse Balls Available as FRU (Field Replacement Unit)


>> Mouse balls are now available as FRU. Therefore, if a mouse

>> fails to operate or should it perform erratically, it may need a

>> ball replacement. Because of the delicate nature of this

>> procedure, replacement of mouse balls should only be attempted by

>> properly trained personnel.

>> Before proceeding, determine the type of mouse balls by examining

>> the underside of the mouse. Domestic balls will be larger and

>> harder than foreign balls. Ball removal procedures differ

>> depending upon manufacturer of the mouse. Foreign balls can be

>> replaced using the pop-off method. Domestic balls are replaced

>> using the twist-off method. Mouse balls are not usually static

>> sensetive. However, excessive handling can result in sudden

>> discharge. Upon completion of ball replacement, the mouse may be

>> used immediatly.

>> It is recommended that each replacer have a pair of spare balls

>> for maintaining optimum customer satisfaction, and that any

>> customer missing his balls should suspect local personnel of

>> removing these necessary items.


>> To re-order, specify one of the following:


>> P/N 33F8462 - Domestic Mouse Balls

>> P/N 33F8461 - Foreign Mouse Balls

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I was late connecting to the information superhighway, but I remember I used to look at tales of sage and dredly, which was a regularly updated story, basically - a book in progress.

Amazingly - it's still there Dredly.com Home of comedy novels Deadhead humor and funny humorous fiction

Dawn broke like a raw egg on a bald man’s head, and the morning passed like so much oozing yolk. Spring wasn’t so much springing as slumping over London with an asthmatic wheeze. Jedec Sage dragged his unfocused gaze from the window and turned it to the CD remote control. He picked it up and pressed 'play'. The stereo remained silent. Sage stretched out his arm and tried again. The stereo ignored the now insistent pressing of the 'play' button - if Sage couldn't be bothered to move into the 60 degree angle of the machine's remote control receptor, then the stereo couldn't be bothered to start. Man and machine were locked in a battle of wills - and it was a battle that Jedec Sage was determined to win. He leant his chair on to its back two legs and stretched his left arm out as far as he could, pressing the 'play' button with increasing irritation, then frenzy....

And so is the laser puzzle The Cool Laser Reflections Game

The last one I remember was a kind of virtual experiment, where you created creatures and set them free and then followed what they did. I made one called the McGrath, and it ate a quite few other creatures, before being eaten itself.

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also, rotten.com was an early "wtf is this internet thing all about"

good shout .. my mates all thought I was some form of sicko when I used to tell them I'd been looking at dead bodies on the internet

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