Remember when back in the late nineties, early two thousands we all used to have hotmail accounts?
I remember being 9 years old in 1999, living in Chile coming from a pretty accommodated family, having internet for the first time.
It was a dial-up connection, with a computer that didn’t have more than a couple of megabytes of storage at the most, and Netscape was the browser to use, instead of Explorer.
It’s really funny to think about that now, typing from a computer with over 250 gigabytes of storage.
I remember my friend and I used to go to this website called Starmedia, which had chatrooms, of every kind. Now remember, we were about nine or ten years old, so we mostly got in there to joke around and learn new things from other people. It was a joke. But for some reason, the feeling of communicating through the internet became such an entertainment to us. It was borderline addiction, to be able to chat it up with someone random from another part of the world. Not see who they were, and not know anything about them, yet, share an opinion about a movie that had just come out, or a video game that we were playing.
Later on, when having an email was becoming a thing, hotmail was the rage at that time. All of my friends from school had hotmail too. We would email dumb silly things. The HTML tool had just been developed, which made things a lot easier when wanting to change fonts, colors, or even sizes to our meaningless emails.
If we really think about it, my generation was probably the first member of any family at that time that started dealing with technology, discovering how to email, how to use a computer, and communicating through the internet. Yes, my dad and mom knew how to type, and use excel, and tables to organize things and budget. But I learned how to communicate and create, to be creative, and fun, and exciting. I learned other things that made my user experience easier. Learning shortcuts, and ways how to control the computer, etc. And probably Hotmail and it’s services was a big part of my learning experience, and I bet that others on the millennial/Generation Y group, could testify of the same thing. Hotmail was there in our beginnings, and connected us in a simple, very spammy, and way way small-storage-space way.