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Posted on December 16, 2010 at 16:50:34 [Post link]
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For us people who have been around for a decade or more, what do you think about the way that the Internet evolved?

10 years ago, it was "don't tell your real name to anyone!".
In 2010, you give away your Facebook account with name and pictures.

10 years ago, people went "don't say where you live!".
In 2010, you use FourSquare to always give your exact position.

10 years ago, dial-up AOL users were yelling "me too".
In 2010, almost everyone has a high-speed connection.

10 years ago, everyone wanted to create some sort of site on Geocities.
In 2010, you tweet about your personal life.

10 years ago, you chatted on ICQ.
In 2010, you send texts and/or use Facebook chat.

10 years ago, you browsed the web on your computer.
In 2010, you use your phone and/or tablet and/or game console.

I'm not looking to point out positive or negative changes. I only find it all fascinating. :)


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Posted on December 16, 2010 at 20:11:00 [Post link]
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It all depends on the person about giving away personal information. Though I admit I never gave out my name back when I first surfed the web, but I did give a general location of where I live to a few people. I think security and how much information you put out there is more important now than ever. A "luxury" and skill of a hacker of the 90s and early 2000s are more accessible to the less computer adept now. It seems like the majority of people know how to crack a computer game or use bugs to view private information on Facebook.

I guess what I'm trying to say is, someone doesn't need to be extremely computer savvy to collect information. Even if there are "privacy settings" and so-on, it's best to think that EVERYTHING you submit and post can and will be viewed by someone with or without your consent. Most people rely too heavily on those settings and unfortunately, they will pay the price of freely posting information in one way or another. I have to say, I too fallen in that trap and I'm constantly correcting small security "holes" I find.

Sorry, I kinda got into a rant there. ^^;


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Posted on December 16, 2010 at 21:28:35 [Post link]
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Personally, I still don't tell my real name to most people online. I got a Facebook account, but it only has the initials to my last name, and I don't give it out to just anyone or everyone.

However, I'll definitely agree that the internet has changed a lot in the last decade. I don't know when I first started to venture into the web, but I know it was even before the second season of Digimon came out here, because my first internet experiences were surfing a giant Digimon database website.

And I'm still not really into the idea of Twitter. :P


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Posted on December 17, 2010 at 1:32:43 [Post link]
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I tell my name to some people online, although a lot of people from 4chan's /m/ have me on their FB...

I tell people I live in which city and that's it. Except for people I've talked to regularly for years...What's FourSquare btw?

I abused AOL Canada's free internet for a month CDs so god damn much, I'm probably on their blacklist now...if they're still around.

I had a website on Geocities, it was the worse site ever. I have a Twitter page, it's the most unactive one.

I used ICQ, it was dope (back then). I despise Facebook's chat and only use it to talk to people who are only on it. Heck, I refuse to update the MSN Live client because of the FB link.

I tried browsing the web on my PSP and it was...decent somewhat. I'd probably browse with my PS3 more if I put a mouse on it.


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Posted on December 17, 2010 at 2:38:36 [Post link]
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Hahaha, I saw an Adult Swim commercial where they were like "We were wrong when we said nobody cares about your Facebook status updates. Robbers do."

and it's true, if you're one of those people trying to achieve over thousands of friends and accept and add any random person... then that person just might look for statuses that say "out of town for a week with family... nobody's gonne be home!!! Come rob us please!!!"

Actually I don't really like how the internet has evolved. :| Though it has proven some advances in technology... some of us have gotten sucked in too far, I almost can't stand talking to people now... yea I have a Facebook account and knowing my friends better might not have been as good as one would think.

And not to mention Youtube, Craigslist and dating sites. Youtube, best place to watch random people try to earn money by getting millions of viewers despite that no matter who you talk, nobody knows who they are. Craigslist, convenient way to find jobs and make sales but if you're not careful, you'll get ripped off or assaulted. I got ripped off by cashing a fake check and wiring money... Stupid me... And dating sites are actually kinda cool. However I don't really want to marry someone and say "hey remember when we met online?".

Man the only advancement I really like is the improvement over dial-up. But thinking back I am actually really impressed how things have changed in 10 years... Actually I'm amazed it's been 7 years since I've been here. Wow time flies.

Edited by Hao on December 16, 2010 at 18:40:01.

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Posted on December 17, 2010 at 3:53:53 [Post link]
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Facebook is one place where you need to be careful with your private information. They've got settings to hide it, sure, but whenever they come out with something new, the default settings are set to "wide open". That's why it's a good idea to check back on that once in a while!

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What's FourSquare btw?

FourSquare is half social network, half game. Basically, you use your cellphone several times a day to set your position to wherever you are. For example, if you get to your local bank, you set that position in FourSquare. You visit a restaurant, you can pinpoint yourself to the McDonald at the corner of the 38th Street and 4th Avenue. You can then "own" the place in the game, and you progress further as you own more locations. Some of the actual locations even hand out rewards (eg: 10% off) for using the software.

The problem? You're always giving your exact position. While it's fun to run into friends that way ("hey, I just saw that you were eating at McD!" ), other individuals can track you down... or even better, know when you're not home. As Hao said, robbers care about that type of details. :) FourSquare is stand-alone, but both Facebook and Twitter have got something similar integrated.

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However I don't really want to marry someone and say "hey remember when we met online?".

I don't see the problem with meeting people online to eventually marry them; in several cases, I'd say that this is better than a random bar hook-up. You often get the bonus of focusing on someone's interests and personality before being aware of the looks.

Edited by Dr. Cossack on December 16, 2010 at 22:54:07.


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Posted on December 18, 2010 at 2:13:56 [Post link]
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10 years ago, dial-up AOL users were yelling "me too".
In 2010, almost everyone has a high-speed connection.


Unfortunately, those in US/Canada are still far behind compared to Sweden/Netherland/Switzerland.

One day we'll catch up though, if Googles internet ever catches up. 1GBPS? Yes please.


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Posted on December 18, 2010 at 3:46:04 [Post link]
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10 years ago, you were lucky to have the internet...

10 years from now, you have the internet, or a non-proper working computer...

Now, computer viruses and computer crashes equales humans not liking computers...

Don't be too surprised if this post becomes a premonition. :huh:


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Posted on December 22, 2010 at 3:23:41 [Post link]
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The only places on the internet that own my personal information are Facebook and eBay (which eBay obviously doesn't show it!).
When I was younger, the concern was more for online predators than anything, but they seemed to have cracked down on them very nicely.
I remember years ago my mom not wanting me to get a Myspace because people were getting abducted. Honestly, whoever did get abducted was their own fault. They gave out addresses and phone numbers.
I really don't like linking my Facebook to any other website, but it seems half the time it wants you to, no thanks.
I wasn't much of a Geocities girl but I did have a Freewebs.

I don't mind dating sites like eHarmony or Match because I'm sure they are all for protecting people.



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Posted on January 1, 2011 at 0:24:12 [Post link]
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It's not all change. Very few people I know from The Internet know my real name or which of the myriad people on Facebook is me and even fewer of those know where I live. I've only met two people irl whom I first spoke to online and in both cases it was because we ended up going to either the same University or one in the same city.

I did have a Geocities at one point, and I owned a Hyperboards -- I got banned from it due to being under age (which places it well within the first half of the decade.) Now I don't think anyone even uses Hyperboards anymore, whereas Proboards is still going strong.

As for instant messaging goes I can't stand FB chat, and have never used ICQ. I have, however, gravitated away from Windows Live Messenger towards Steam's chat client.


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Posted on January 1, 2011 at 10:53:17 [Post link]
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Long time no see. I think 10 years is when I first dropped by the capcom board to meet some buddies who I haven't been in touch with.

Necro, Big, Paavo,......er, Autoducko, Psaturn, LizArell, EBlues, Bostich. I wonder how each and ebree one of dem are doing.
*goes to eat summore new year's sushi*


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Posted on January 4, 2011 at 1:40:19 [Post link]
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I think Big posted sometime in the last few years. I'm still around here but I'm more interested in playing guitar these days than video games.

I remember ten years ago almost everyone on messageboards tried to make their own little side communities. Now even messageboard communities don't get that many posts.

I'm pretty ignorant of what the internet has to offer.


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Posted on January 4, 2011 at 14:23:53 [Post link]
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I remember ten years ago almost everyone on messageboards tried to make their own little side communities. Now even messageboard communities don't get that many posts.


It's true that it used to be more popular to join communities based on a specific common interest. It still happens today, but not quite on the level of 10 years ago. Much like businesses, some of these "one interest" communities now try to branch out to get a wider exposure!


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Posted on January 6, 2011 at 11:41:34 [Post link]
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Nowadays, everyone uses twitter, mixi, facebook etc to get in touch with each other. I think the chats are also a bit out of trends. Or maybe it's that peeps of our generation already have a real life to go on with :P


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Posted on January 30, 2011 at 5:17:37 [Post link]
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Yes I have posted in the last few years, as I am now.


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Posted on April 7, 2011 at 18:16:06 [Post link]
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The internet has changed, the world has changed. I love looking back more than looking forward, which is probably why I trip so often.

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Posted on June 22, 2011 at 2:58:26 [Post link]
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Some old posters in here. Sup guys!

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However I don't really want to marry someone and say "hey remember when we met online?".


It won't bother me to tell a possible eventual future child of mine that his or her parents met online. It'll be extremely nerdy, and embarrassing, sure. But it seems like nowadays people are accepting it more and more.


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Posted on June 22, 2011 at 3:04:58 [Post link]
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Some old posters in here. Sup guys!

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However I don't really want to marry someone and say "hey remember when we met online?".


It won't bother me to tell a possible eventual future child of mine that his or her parents met online. It'll be extremely nerdy, and embarrassing, sure. But it seems like nowadays people are accepting it more and more.


I've had friends I've met online and through varying sequences of events ended up going to uni with them. If this happened with one of those then I wouldn't think it would be that weird or nerdy -- it's not like we didn't get to know eachother in person too...


 

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