Meaghan Kirby
March 12, 2019 11:19 am
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Nope, that’s not dial-up you hear—it’s the sound of the World Wide Web turning 30. It’s a nostalgic day for anyone who grew up during the early, innocent days of the internet. So much has changed in the three decades since 1989, when Tim Berners-Lee debuted the virtual highway that would change the world forever. Gone are the days of dial-up (not being able to use the internet while our parents were on the phone has since become a myth). And of course, AOL has become the webpage of our grandparents—despite being the hub of all our teen angst.

Before we get into Twitter’s trip down memory lane about all of this, let’s take a moment to revisit some of the highlights of those early days…

That sweet, painful sound of dial-up.

If you listen closely, you can almost hear the sound of someone screaming, “Get off the phone, mom!”

Making one wrong move and dying of dysentery on the Oregon Trail

Going all in and “designing” the loudest and proudest GeoCities pages.

A download could take anywhere from 20 minutes to a few thousand years.

And the pain of having to start over if the connection cut out.

Channeling all the teen angst into the perfect away message on AOL Instant Messenger.

As the web turns 30, brands and fans all over Twitter are celebrating the milestone.

Happy 30th birthday, World Wide Web! Here’s to everyone finally listening to Tim Berners-Lee and working to make the web a less toxic place.

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