Internet Memories, 1993

I’ve been on the Internet for a quarter of a century. I think I want to write a big, full memoir on the subject, but for now I’m just going to make some notes.

I got my first email address in 1993. I was in seventh grade. My dad set it up on a public access server at the university where he worked. I don’t know why I was so excited to have it, because nobody else I knew had an email address. But I was sure that email would mitigate the loneliness I felt. I had a loving family and excellent friends. I had basically the best middle school experience a person could hope for. But I still felt this need for more connection, and I thought this tool would get the job done.

I signed my crush’s yearbook with my email address. We went to different schools for eighth grade, because of redistricting, or because I moved. (They both happened at the same time.) He never emailed me.

I don’t think I got much out of that email address until I signed up for listservs.

But that’s a story about 1995.

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  • Kimberly Hirsh
  1. Wow, I had a freak-out moment to see that pine menu again! At SILS (1994) was where I got my first “real” email address other than Prodigy (which only worked internally). Email really opened the world up for introverts, didn’t it! Listservs as well as newsgroups (accessed via “tin”) were my social life for years after that, and one FB group I am still active in is the remnant of one of those newsgroups 20 years ago.

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