It’s been almost a decade since I acquired my netizenship. My use of the internet has changed over the years..
Back then, chatting was the trend. Email wasn’t really used very often. Remember MIRC? My friends and I use to flock the internet cafes just to get someone from the other side of the globe to chat with (only to find out that they‘re just seated three stations away). I have had at least three usernames. I wonder what happened to MIRC now?
Our university has a 7-storey library building. The Arki books are in the 7th floor. The elevator is not working. It must have been a delight for someone who’s into foot exercise, but for most of us, that was dreadful. Until the internet gave a whole new meaning to the word “research”.
The world wide web has it all. Researching evolved from scanning through the pages of century old 2-inch thick books, to facing a computer monitor and get overloaded with information-all just by clicking. No more climbing up the stairs or deal with the sometimes pesky librarians.
And then came Friendster. Every Filipino netizen has a friendster account. And a Friendster addict may have two or more accounts. I only had two so far. The first one lasted for only about 7 months until some unknown user stole my password. Admit it; before Facebook, which I’m not a fan of by the way, “mag-iinternet ako” means checking your Friendster!
Emailing. It became an extension to our texting. Sending tons of messages to friends everyday. Whether some corny jokes, chain letters, or numerous warnings about the earth’s collision with a meteorite the next day, we’ve forwarded them all.
Finally, I discovered blogging. It was Friendster who introduced me to it. I didn’t even know what a blog is. I just got inspired by some first degree friends who use to update their blogs very frequently. My first post was published in June 21st, 2005. I blogged, once in a blue moon.
Until I discovered Blogger.
And the rest is history.
This is my 200th post.
And before I forgot, happy SECOND anniversary to my good ol’ humble blog!