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How Does the Internet of 1996 Compare to 2011? [INFOGRAPHIC]

Fifteen years ago, in 1996, I was still in middle school. We had one computer (a really old Apple) in our house and logging onto AOL was by dial-up only, took at least five minutes and ended with that cheerful voice saying, “You’ve got mail!” (Anyone miss this?) The Internet has definitely changed a lot, and for the better, in a decade and a half.

For those of you interested in a visual representation of those changes, check out this wonderful infographic by Online University comparing the Internet of 1996 to today.

Some highlights:

  • In 1996, Americans spent 30 minutes per month surfing the web. Today, that number has skyrocketed to 27 hours.
  • Netscape claimed the third spot on a list of most popular site in ’96. I can barely remember what that is.
  • It now only takes 6 seconds for a page to load as compared to the 30 seconds it took back in the day.

What’s your favorite part of this infographic? What has changed the most for you in the last 15 years?


Created by: Online University

[via Mashable]

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