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Poll #515155 When was the first time you...

... got online? (Could be the Internet, GEnie, Prestel..)

Before 1985
7(14.9%)
1985
1(2.1%)
1986
0(0.0%)
1987
4(8.5%)
1988
0(0.0%)
1989
1(2.1%)
1990
2(4.3%)
1991
0(0.0%)
1992
3(6.4%)
1993
5(10.6%)
1994
8(17.0%)
1995
5(10.6%)
1996
5(10.6%)
1997
2(4.3%)
1998
2(4.3%)
1999
1(2.1%)
2000
1(2.1%)
2001
0(0.0%)
After 2001
0(0.0%)

... used a web browser?

1990
2(4.3%)
1991
0(0.0%)
1992
6(12.8%)
1993
4(8.5%)
1994
13(27.7%)
1995
9(19.1%)
1996
7(14.9%)
1997
3(6.4%)
1998
1(2.1%)
1999
2(4.3%)
2000
0(0.0%)
2001
0(0.0%)
After 2001
0(0.0%)

... registered a domain?

Haven't!
21(44.7%)
Before 1995
4(8.5%)
1995
1(2.1%)
1996
2(4.3%)
1997
3(6.4%)
1998
2(4.3%)
1999
4(8.5%)
2000
1(2.1%)
2001
2(4.3%)
After 2001
7(14.9%)

How many domains do you own, if any?

None
20(42.6%)
1
12(25.5%)
2
4(8.5%)
3
3(6.4%)
4
0(0.0%)
5-10
6(12.8%)
11-20
2(4.3%)
21-50
0(0.0%)
More than 50
0(0.0%)
 
 
 
 
 
 
Depends a lot on what you mean by "online" :)

If you count BBSing on non-Internet-gatewayed systems, I first got online in 1988. If you count only things that could reach the Internet, then it wasn't until 1992.
Ah, I could make that clearer, yes. ^_^ I was thinking of the former - anything that could be considered "online", not necessarily connected to the Internet per se.

Maybe I'll toss in another question some other time, to peek into that side of things more - what folks' first online accesses were (GEnie, eWorld, BIX, CIX, Prestel, IPSS gateway, private BBS, etc). I think if I counted my first actual Internet access (as opposed to, say, X.25 IPSS), it'd be somewhere around 1991, as I took out an account with CMU's Computer Club, to have proper net.access (once I could reach that system, which was a little arduous :), and in particular, full usenet access. External accounts on drycas.club.cc.cmu.edu were something very reasonable, like $15/year, giving shell access and a few megs of space on a VMS box. Eventually, the load increased to the point where they had to split it across two systems, and ran a poll for what to name them - "data" and "lore" won. Astonishing, ne? :)

And I certainly shouldn't forget BBSs in that list, given that's how I first really discovered Furrydom - an ad in some issue of Albedo for the Rowrbrazzle BBS. An implausibly costly phone call later, and I had that epiphany: there are others like me! ^_^
Ah, the fond memories of those first days online back in the late 1980s :-) In college, I was part of the scientific support staff for a statewide computer network designed to bring online educational support and electronic mail to elementary/middle/high schools. One of the educational aspects of the network was a series of science quizzes that schools would compete against each other to complete. Originally, I was in charge of just chemistry questions, but by the early 1990s, even though I'd moved to New York to go to grad school, I ultimately inherited everything and was given the green light to be as creative as I wanted. So, I decided to write the quiz as the kind of story I wanted to read. My magnum opus was a 2 season (i.e. 2 school years), 16 episode science "quiz" based around the continuing adventures of a starship commanded by an anthropomorphic snow leopard and with a mixed furry/human crew :-) The human characters, what few there were, were all based on and named after friends of mine. The furry characters - especially the snow leopard captain and wolf first officer - were people I either wanted to meet or be ;-) The stories were well received, especially by the SysOp of the network, but the quiz aspect of the network was ultimately phased out as the user base dwindled away - true Internet access was becoming much easier for schools to obtain by then, so a specialized network really wasn't needed anymore - and the mission of the system changed.

As a possibly interesting sidenote, the earliest episodes of my story/quiz were written before I ever heard of such a thing as Furrydom! So, I was a paid author of anthropomorphic stories before I ever knew there was an audience out there for such stuff ;-)
Hehee! Do you have any archives of those quizzes around, by any chance? They might be fun to repost, if they're in a format conducive to web presentation.

It's always interesting to me to see how, in many cases, furs are furry (so to speak) long before they're aware of anything like furrydom. I was always sympathetic to the werewolves of the big screen, wondering why it was considered a good thing that he (almost always male, after all) died human, seemingly "redeemed". I even mused with classmates on a few occasions that it was a pity humans had lost their tails. (Which was generally met with confused expressions :) Indeed, it was only once I really started into collecting comics, by way of a regular large comics mart - and thus laden with bargain bins, yay! - that after a few months, I began to realise there was something of a theme to quite a lot of my purchases. Not out of any deliberate design, simply natural inclination - Albedo, The Weasel Patrol, Boris the Bear, Cerebus (well, sort of. Though the first issue I picked up was 109, walking with the Judge on the moon. We see Cerebus about twice through the issue, from behind :), Critters, and quite a few more.
Hehee! Do you have any archives of those quizzes around, by any chance?

Sure do :-) Have three versions of the basic story, really. I have the original quizzes themselves, of course ;-) As I was writing the quizzes, I wasn't able to say everything I wanted to in the G-rated space available, so I started writing expanded versions of the stories for my own enjoyment - somewhat darker in tone, more emotional, more detailed, and more romantic (with all of the naughtiness taking place "off-screen", however ;-) I even posted the first few chapters on alt.fan.furry a long time ago, but stopped after the feedback I got dwindled down to complaints about the lack of explicit naughtiness :-P And, last year, I finally went back to those expanded versions of the stories and modified things to make them the way I really always meant them to be. For, you see, when I first posted those stories to a.f.f, I was new enough to Furrydom that I wasn't sure how a story with two main characters, both males, as mates would be received. I know better now *grin*.

I was always sympathetic to the werewolves

Same here :-) I've always been a werewolf fan, and it always bothered me that, in movies and in books, werewolves were almost universally evil. I always thought of werewolves in a positive light, and always wanted to see something where a werewolf was the good guy (Robert McCammon's The Wolf's Hour is great book with a werewolf hero). I even wrote a quiz or two along the way featuring a heroic werewolf ;-)

regular large comics mart - and thus laden with bargain bins, yay!

Same here, too :-) It was at a comics store (no longer in business) at the Penn-Can Mall (no longer in business) in Syracuse where I found big boxes of bargain comics, and in them found my first Albedos, Critters, and the like. That comics discovery is what started me on the path to Furrydom...

Does http://austin_dern.livejournal.com/ count as a domain? I didn't really register it or anything, it just sort of happened. I don't actually register the Spindizzy or the Spindizzy Newspaper web sites, but have got administrative power over them.

My first online experiences, past trips to Bellcore or things like that, was local BBSes. The first web browser was some form of Lynx, although I didn't recognize it as such at the time because it was just another icon on the Unix work stations I was not in fact working on. It was so screwed up when they switched the icon over to Mosaic; I couldn't find anything anymore.

Wellll.. that's really a subdomain rather than a domain. Although we suspect you are in fact behind Six Apart anyway.

I think BBS had to be the start for most earlier online voyages, although I suppose services like GEnie and eWorld (which later expanded from being pure Mac-only, developing into what's known as AOL. Don't know if it'll catch on) weren't too difficult to get onto. I did subscribe to CIX at one point, similar to BIX, then run by Byte. (Indeed, it was there the first discussions took place of the idea of someone getting a few modem racks and offering internet access for some modest flat fee. The proponent named it Demon)

Yay, NCSA Mosaic! That persisted quite a while, too.. I remember using it on the work Quadra back at Trilobyte. Then some other big company picked up the codebase, following its transition into Spyglass.
Interesting poll... Mosaic is considered to be the first real web browser which came to be 1994, if i remember correctly =) I wonder what web browser was around 1990 as Gopher is not really in same category.