With the Internet being such an important part of our daily lives, it can be easy to forget that it hasn’t always been around. When people were first introduced to the web, they didn’t quite know what to make of it. With so many possibilities, it was impossible to predict exactly how we’d use it; in fact, we’re still always finding new uses to this day and beyond!

We thought it would be fun to take a trip down memory lane and watch some of the earliest reports about this new thing called “Internet” and how it would change the world forever. Did we have a good understanding of it or were we way off? Check out the clips below to find out!

A Revolution

“There’s a revolution going on in rec rooms, offices and classrooms around the world…night and day through a computer network called ‘Internet.'” (Click to Tweet)

A New Kind of Travel

“People who are comfortable on the Internet like to boast that for a small monthly fee, they can point and click their way across the ocean to exotic locations!” (Click to Tweet)

The New Newspaper

“Imagine, if you will, sitting down to your morning coffee and turning on your home computer to read the day’s newspaper. Well, it’s not as far-fetched as it may seem.” (Click to Tweet)

Bryant Gumbel Just Doesn’t Get It

“What is Internet, anyway…Do you write to it like mail?” (Click to Tweet)

The Future of Online Shopping

“Regardless of whether you have Netscape, Internet Explorer or WebTV!” (Click to Tweet)

A Respectful Forum

“There’s an interesting kind of restraint that you find. There’s not a lot of cursing or swearing…There’s not screenfuls of ‘go to hell.'” (Click to Tweet)


“The basis of TV in the 80s will still be your home television set – but don’t think of it as just a receiver of programs from networks or local stations. It’s becoming a central display terminal, able to show pictures from a growing number of electronic sources.” (Click to Tweet)

Look Just Like the Spice Girls

“Buffalo are also concerned that having all their styles available on the Net could lay them wide open for copying.” (Click to Tweet)

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