Best Potential Uses of the Internet In a Previous Era

PositronWildhawk
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

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

3 TheTopTens TheTopTens

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

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

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

7 Communication

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

9 Ordering Products

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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