7 Internet Hits We All Seem to Have Forgotten About

Internet sensations come and go. For nearly three decades, we have been introduced to some pretty cool things online. While many of them have faded away, some have stuck around. Today, we don’t want to focus on the great hits that have remained; we want to take a look at 7 of the internet’s greatest hits that we no longer remember.

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AOL Instant Messenger

Back in the 90’s AOL Instant Messenger was one of the largest, most exciting ways to connect with people online. The chat rooms made it easy for you to meet new people and chat with people you already knew. AOL set the standard for all chat rooms and while AOL no longer exists, we can easily spot hundreds of chat room sites online that got much of their inspiration from AOL Instant Messenger.

Limewire

One of the best ways to download music, videos and photos back in the day. Limewire was huge. You had to be careful though; lots of viruses were floating around this peer-to-peer sharing platform. While it’s still available online, it’s far from the Limewire that existed in the early 2000’s.

Napster

Co-created by Facebook’s founding president Sean Parker, Napster was a huge sensation back in the early 2000’s. This peer-to-peer sharing platform focused on uploading and download music. Downloading music online was easier than ever back when Napster was around.

AskJeeves

The very famous AskJeeves search engine back in the day just seems to have faded away with time. Those who grew up in the 90’s often loved AskJeeves for the awesome looking butler that seemed to have all the answers. With Google and Bing taking over the whole search engine industry, Jeeves retired.

Gary Brolsma

YouTube fans all remember Gary Brolsma, AKA Numa Numa Guy. The fat guy who uploaded a video of himself lip-syncing and “dancing” to the song Dragostea Din Tei by the groupe O-Zone, got over 21 million hits on YouTube. Gary was a major success back in 2006.

MySpace

Long before Twitter, Instagram and all of the other major social media networks came into our lives existed an amazing social media network called MySpace. MySpace was a wonderful area to share music, make friends and connect with the people you loved. Sure it’s still around, but nobody says “add me on MySpace” anymore.

GeoCities

Many of you might remember the good old days of GeoCities. In fact, many of you may have built your first website with GeoCities. The long gone website provided us with hours of entertainment and the freedom to share awesome GIFs with the random people surfing the web.

A Few Things You Didn’t Know About Online Dating

Even if you haven’t tried online dating before, it’s impossible to ignore its existence. Online dating is dramatically growing year on year and shows no signs of slowing down. Although online dating was originally thought to be for the extremely lonely or weirdoes, it has gained acceptance in our society and now caters to people from all walks of life. In fact, it has become so popular there are some very niche online dating sites to cater for anybody’s tastes. So, how much do you know about online dating? Here are a few facts that most people don’t know about the world of online dating:

The Concept Isn’t New

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Using personal ads to find a soul mate and fall in love isn’t a new concept. In fact, online dating is essentially a twist on an idea that’s been around for centuries. As early as the 18th Century, men who were looking for love would advertise their credentials in a local newspaper to find a soul mate. There were even agencies back then that would provide professional love matches for a fee (sound familiar?!).

Online Dating is Over 50 Years Old

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The idea for modern online dating was found at New York’s World Fair in 1964. The fair featured a giant computer that matched people up with pen pals from all over the world. People would fill out a questionnaire with information about themselves and instantly become matched with a like-minded person. This idea was then applied to people who wanted to find a match closer to home and online dating was born.

One Third of Marriages Start Online

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The popularity of online dating has risen to such an extent that over one-third of marriages in the US last year began online. The figures have been steadily increasing over the last decade and it’s predicted that in the near future more people will meet online than any other way. Of these marriages, almost 50% met on an online dating site while the rest met through social media, chat rooms, online forums, and random webcam sites.

Online Relationships Have the Highest Success Rate

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Recent studies have shown that people who meet online enjoy a longer and happier relationship than those who met offline. There are a couple of factors which are said to be responsible for this. First, online dating offers a much wider range of people than the average person would meet in their day to day life giving a higher chance of meeting a soul mate. Secondly, the ability to search people by interests, eye color, height, location etc. allows people to teak their potential matches and find someone who shares their views and beliefs.

There’s Online Dating Sites for Ghosts and Pets

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No, that’s not a typing error! The online dating scene has found many niches and these are two of the strangest. Ghostsingles.com offers to match male and female ghosts for ‘eternity’ with profiles, singles chat, and advanced search options! Another strange online dating site is petsdating.com, which offers to connect your pet with other pets in the area.

 

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