I got my first email account back in 1996. At that point, I'd known about email and ICQ chat for about a year or so. We didn't have internet at home though. We were one of the last ones on the block to buy at cd player too, just sayin'. Email came in handy when I moved to Denmark. I lived in Odense, and my boyfriend lived in Copenhagen. At my school, I'd use every break to read new emails from him, and write some back. This was also before we had cell phones btw, so no secret texting in class to be had!
So, email was a great thing. But the moment I really discovered how great the internet was, was after I'd moved to Copenhagen, where I lived with my boyfriend, who had internet, and one of those painfully slow modems, dinging and buzzing and lighting for half a minute before you were connected. We were hanging out at home, the windows were open, it was summer. Everyone had their windows open. Someone in a third floor apartment across the yard was playing a really good song that the breeze carried in. We didn't recognize it, but there was an unusual beat, strange pinging sounds, and a refrain that kept on, with a few words we could decipher. Something about a bong. And then some French. Again and again. We googled, no, we yahoo'd (remember Yahoo? Yeah, me nerither) the words we thought we'd heard, and something turned up. It was this.
From then on, finding information seemed so easy. It's evolved since then, of course. If I hear a song I like at a bar, I whip out my smartphone and Shazam it. No more asking the bartender what they're playing. That's when it all took off really. Information wasn't at a library anymore, it was at our fingertips. I hope it stays that way, come what may.
What was your first internet "wow" experience?