News hardware Did you grow up with the Internet in the 2000s? Try to get 10/10 on this quiz
Ah, the beginnings of the Internet and the “World Wide Web”… A period of recklessness and freedom, when everything was not yet governed by the GAFA. Many sites and services from the late 90s and early 2000s have disappeared: we pay them a vibrant tribute through this quiz.
Before reading the following lines, we suggest you get into the mood by launching the YouTube video just below, with sound. If these soft noises make you nostalgic and remind you of your adolescence “surfing” thanks to your Infonie or Internet Club subscription, then you are in excellent conditions to take this weekend’s “tech” quiz. But if this is not the case, do not worry: you will undoubtedly recognize some sites and applications encountered in your early childhood despite everything.
The fiber ? It was in the cereal back then
In France, in particular, the Internet began to arrive in homes in the mid-1990s, but it was a totally different Internet from the one we have today. He remembers, all the same, that there was no smartphone, no 4G, no optical fiber, or even ADSL. During this end of the century, to access the “World Wide Web”, you had to use a modem that would connect to your telephone line and dial a number so that your Internet service provider (ISP) authorizes you to connect. The biggest constraint being that, when you were online, the home phone was inaccessible and you were therefore unreachable.
Teenagers at that time therefore often had to wait until evening to connect, so as not to “block” the line and be scolded by their parents. A whole era…
A freer, but necessarily more limited Web
At the dawn of the 2000s, it should also be remembered that the “GAFAs” did not really exist. Google, Amazon and Apple are already in business, but do not have the strike force of 2022, while Facebook will not be created until 2004. The mass arrival of social networks, from the mid-2000s, will give birth to “Web 2.0” and will see many “before web” services disappear. It was also in 2001 that the “burst of the Internet bubble” took place, this speculative bubble concerning this emerging economy of the Web, but which quickly collapsed, claiming many victims.
Either way, the questions below are likely to bring back many memories!