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Jan 14, 2011

A Map of the First Internet

This is Arpanet. The internet before Google. Before Flickr, before YouTube, before BitTorrent. Before pictures of your ex-girlfriend on Facebook. An internet that you could draw a map of with only a few lines and some dots. 1972.

At this point, the internet wasn't even the internet—still dubbed ARPANET, the Pentagon (and a handful of universities') private plaything. As you can see, it wasn't exactly extensive. The network served only to link key research centers. It's pretty amazing to think that this smattering of cables turned into the bizarre, twisted, incredibly complex nebula of porn, parody, knowledge hatred, joy, and cat videos we now adore.

19 comments:

Rigit23 said...

Thats really awesome!

Das Auto! said...

ah, the good ol days!

Vapor said...

Back in those days porn was a series of stick figures.

SuciƓ Sanchez said...

I used to have some ASCII bestiality "videos" from back in the day.

HalfLifeWorld said...

Arpanet...hmm never heard of that

and then there was METAL said...

DARPA!

and then there was METAL said...

sucio no way. i dont even know what one of those would look like!

Bobby said...

Lol what Sucio? :P

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Punk1119 said...

As an internet creationist, I can't say I agree with this, knowing that the internet is actually only about 11 years old, created by Ceiling Cat and Al Gore in the year 2000, put forth in their own images.

Mellowaid said...

Its great to know where are addiction came from lol

Max said...

But, but, what about CERN?!

Tango Anglo said...

Where's Al Gore's house on this map?

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MikeyB said...

thats actually really cool

erics said...

we have come a long way.

mrecan said...

evolution of technology always fascinates me

BTN Hip Hop said...

looks boring, i prefer nows internet

kkazzamm said...

that must have been like 1440 dial up. or 9600 baud :x
I rem being in my parents stores (they worked for radio shack) in the 80's and they woudl run their nightly report and then dial in to the home office in T to upload the stores numbers for the day :>

devondole said...

this was Al Gore's doing, right? And the nerds in those days swapped ASCII pron?

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