“In the ‘80s, if you had a 2400 baud modem you were pretty hot stuff,” says Schober. People talk about their cellphones being slow now; a slow cellphone might be 256k or 512k, so if you think about something being 100 times slower than that, it’s ridiculous.
So you started getting to the 9600 and 14,400 baud modems that made the speeds a little more comfortable.” Participation in chat rooms started to snowball; as more people used them, the variety of chat rooms increased, attracting even more people.
Windows 3.1 was released, making personal computers both more affordable and easier to use.
And, despite our memories of the slow-dialing modems of the ’90s, connecting to the World Wide Web was faster than ever at the time.
He recalls a “little frontier town” where you could initially recognize almost every screen name you came across.