By Caitlin Soard
I was fairly late to the early 2000’s Internet game. I will never know a pre-social media world.
My first real exposure to the Internet was my Neopets account. I don’t remember exactly when I made it, but I remember having to learn HTML to make my page glitter with GIFs of Paramore lyrics.
After the era of virtual pets faded from our collective consciousness (and we left all of our Neopets, Nintendogs and Tamagotchis to starve,) came Myspace. Now, I was late to Myspace as well. About six months after my arrival to the most iconic—although not original, we can’t forget Friendster—social media site of the 2000’s, everyone migrated to Facebook, which had finally become open to everyone and not just students.
When I think back on the brief moments I spent on Myspace, I’m filled with a nostalgia that is possibly — probably — unearned. Making avatars and choosing my top friends is what mainly comes to mind, even though in all actuality I probably was still on Neopets playing with my Kougra.
I didn’t truly embrace social media until Facebook, whose chat feature allowed me to foster my budding high school friendships and whose features felt more grown up to a group of adolescents who wanted to grow up far faster than we should’ve.
Today, the homepage has changed. No longer do the abandoned profiles from our youth exist. In its place is a streamlined, Facebookian site aimed to target the new Internet generation that isn’t as charmed by My Chemical Romance lyrics scrolling across a screen.
Stay gold, Myspace. You were gone far too soon.