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Not to mention how annoying that modem sound was when you picked up the phone. When children of the 90s first got in-home internet access, it was a novel and exciting concept.
Finally, a relatively captive audience with whom to share our innermost thoughts, dreams, and anonymous flirtations.
From the moment a person asked, "A/S/L", you knew it was on.
That is, imploring his chatroommates to give their age, sex, and location.
Back in the day, there was no wireless or high speed internet connections, there was a little phone jack that shared a common line with our home phones.
In a time before universal cell phone ownership, this was a pretty serious inconvenience.
Sure, we may have talked to a pedophile or two, but we lived, dammit. Only, truth be told, all the people in those rooms were probably either under the age of 12 or over the age of 50.While today a notion like that might raise a red flag or two, these things were chalked up to good, clean fun back then. Children delighted in their ability to fool others, though looking back it's unlikely that my friends and I fooled anyone with our fifth grade writing skills and general misunderstanding of innuendos.I don't know about you, but this was a great source of fun for my pals and I as children.
In one room we could be exotic 18-year old Brazilian twins working to get our modeling careers off the ground while in the next we could easily slip into the guise of a mysterious lonelyhearts Spanish exchange student seeking a nice middle aged office drone to. Sometimes we may have outed ourselves as the 12/Fs we really were, but in general the idea was to fool others into believing the bull we were serving up.I imagine parents everywhere would have been pretty uneasy to find that their young children were being approached online with the request to "cyber", but again, these were different times.Very few people had considered the notion of troubling internet connections, we were too enthralled by its exciting possibilities to see any danger in letting children loose into chatrooms with a slew of card-carrying NAMBLA members and known sex offenders.However, Filo and Yang insist they mainly selected the name because they liked the slang definition of a "yahoo" (used by college students in David Filo's native Louisiana in the late 1980s and early 1990s to refer to an unsophisticated, rural Southerner): "rude, unsophisticated, uncouth." This meaning derives from the Yahoo race of fictional beings from Gulliver's Travels. Like many search engines and web directories, Yahoo added a web portal.