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> the fact that we aren't all anonymous online (i.e. just a username) anymore is the worst thing to happen to the internet
Quite. I still remember days when the average Internet user's mention of his own actual name was tucked away on some third-rate Geocities or Angelfire page that AltaVista struggled to even find.
I remember one time circa 1998 when as a younglad, I was sitting in an Internet café, and in came three pseudo intellectual looking late 20s, early 30s women, whose tech illiteracy was immediately apparent, and who said to the waiter/admin, "We would like to communicate with (sic!) someone in Peru. Will that be possible?". Techlad was perplexed by the question, and the three women then elaborated that apparently he was some sort of acquaintance from social science at uni, but they didn't know for sure where exactly in Peru he was. This was before social media, and instant messaging was also still in its infancy, let alone Skype or webcams, and techlad tried to find Peruvian socialsciencelad on a search engine, but to no avail, and had to tell them that without more definite info about Peruvianlad, it was kind of hopeless. This, in turn, baffled the three women, and it really seemed to blow their mind that although the Internet was supposed to be this magical new place where you could "communicate" instantly with people on the other side of the globe, then again, you could not, if you didn't precisely know where and how to find them.