Best Potential Uses of the Internet In a Previous Era

Don't you wish the internet had been invented several thousand years before it was? How would it have come in useful before 1990 (when it all began)? Debate away.

The Top Ten

1 General Surfing

Nerd felicity should have begun long ago. - PositronWildhawk

Imagine searching up "WW2 latest news" - Maddox121

2 Download Music

I can imagine iTunes in a previous era. I'm in heaven.
It would have been so useful, too! As much as I would want a new album ASAP today but won't waste time camping outside the retailer's; the same would apply if I was in 1963. And I would have the music digitally, and not have to buy the whole album or have to dig the record out from under all of those books! - PositronWildhawk

Imagine seeing Beethoven being the #1 artist - Maddox121

3 TheTopTens TheTopTens is a website created in 2005, which is used to write top ten lists, where anyone can vote, comment, and write posts about the lists.

*Top 10 Reasons Marilyn Monroe Is Hot
*Top 10 Reasons Why Snow White Will Fail
*Top 10 Reasons Why Disneyland Will Fail
*Top 10 Reasons Why Hitler is Bad
*Top 10 Saddest events of 1941 - Maddox121

Guys, wouldn't it be awesome if TheTopTens was available to everyone 50 or so years ago? - PositronWildhawk

Hi PositronWildhawk. What a great list! Agree. Would have love to go to the 40s and be able to use TheTopTens in an era I absolutely adore. - Britgirl

4 Download Movies

Imagine having Disney+ in the 40s with only a few movies - Maddox121

Again, I can picture this. Wow.
I wouldn't have to get up at midnight to get the first copy of Goldfinger or Back to the Future if I could just get it online. Save a few congested cities, too. - PositronWildhawk

Yes, indeed 1940s films. I'd never be away from the internet. Wartime or no wartime. Not even Hitler could drag me away from my beloved films! - Britgirl

5 Research

Wikipedia 100 years ago. Imagine that. And it would be so advanced by now! - PositronWildhawk

Wikipedia in the 40s - Maddox121

6 Maps

If it was WWII, it would be a useful way to spy on the axis, or find your way if bombs were dropped. And if they were developed long ago, they wouldn't be bloody useless nowadays! Perhaps. - PositronWildhawk

Imagine seeing west/east germany on a map - Maddox121

7 Communication

German Guy: Are you kidding?!? He did no wrong
Guy: Shut up - Maddox121

Well, the web works better than a telegram, right? - PositronWildhawk

8 Photos/Videos

It might not work depending how far back you're thinking, but as an idea, it's a great one! - PositronWildhawk

Imagine what cheap tutorials would be like in the 50s - Maddox121

9 Ordering Products

Imagine getting Action Comics 1 for a dollar - Maddox121

Well, in terms of nerd memoralia, it wouldn't be much different. If we're talking 70s-80s, people would still be wasting time getting Spiderman costumes and lightsabers. But Amazon and eBay would be popular still. Zazzle, I think, will have changed a lot too. - PositronWildhawk

10 3G

The internet appeared about the same time as the mobile phone, but having modern technology as such in 1900?!?! Yay! - PositronWildhawk

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