I still remember when my parents still had a modem and dial up internet. Thinking about that now, that sounds incredibly slow. I don’t remember how old I was or if I really used the internet much in those days. I do remember I was in high school when my parents got DSL internet. Wow now that was amazing. I didn’t have to turn anything off on my computer, I could just walk away and I was no longer tying up a phone line or anything. I even started leaving away messages on AIM that said something like we have DSL now so I can walk away from my computer and stay signed in. How fun was that? I still remember some of my friends trying to have a conversation with me because they didn’t know what an away message meant yet.
Then in college we all mastered the away messages and there was even this thing of reading everyone’s away messages and commenting on them if they were especially funny. I remember my favorite away message to put up was “Where am I? Well, it starts with “cl” and ends in “ass.” HA! That sure was a fun away message even though the reason to put it up wasn’t as fun. (Right? Cause who enjoys going to class, I mean really?)
Now I have cable internet and it is even faster than DSL. I no longer chat and have no reason for fun away messages though (I mean who has the time for that when you work a full time job and then spend time with the fam). I do have fun status messages on places like facebook, so the idea doesn’t completely go away. Of course now we have smartphones and can do so much internet related stuff right on our phones. But I do think it is interesting how these internet companies are having ad wars over who provides the fastest internet. I haven’t looked up what speeds we are getting but I know you UK people can look up your internet speed with BT. My internet speed is good enough for me, and it would probably be better if I had a faster computer. I don’t download videos or do anything like that on my computer so I probably wouldn’t even notice any speed issues. I mostly use my home computer for email and bills and some social media.
I did read this interesting article about speed “bumps” and “boosts” over time. It is interesting how some services anticipate what link the user will click on so it loads faster since it was already loading before the user clicked the link. That is pretty interesting and innovating thinking.