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I saw a video from Rhett and Link recently and I think it encapsulates a lot of what the old internet was about so perfectly, the song just makes it seem so massive. A lot of the websites in the video don't even exist now or are ghost towns, but I find it funny how back then twitter was just thought of as another new gimmicky website. The video in question is this one:
View: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uyPDHh4d1Xo


Anyone know of any other videos like this one that show off what the internet was like?
 

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it might be off topic and not exactly what you're looking for but my favorite video on youtube is this guy making a street light blink, a prime exemple of what pre-youtubers youtube was about
 
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Also somewhat unrelated, but during the early days of Facebook it was a lot more about having fun than the current political and corporate hellscape we're in now.

When videos like this could become popular....


View: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UIV8G2UCyGc


It also reminds me of back when comedy videos where a few people talked to the camera or wrote a little song could get really popular, or some basic animation.

Some other examples of this:

View: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5eBT6OSr1TI


I kind of miss it. Everything is so overproduced now, with perfect 1080p cameras, good lighting, lots of slick editing, etc.

We need more WeeblStuff and less Fortnite streamers.
 

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I miss YTMND so damn much. Part of me wants to see it get a meme revival like FNF gave to Newgrounds, but at the same time it's nice that it hasn't been milked to death for nostalgia value like a lot of other memes of that era.

View: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5TrU6HVefFQ


View: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pfLZFwmFWuc


View: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=URtnOPUwryE
(the fact that it's horribly out of sync makes it better imo)

View: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MBmnR1rpbPg


View: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R3OF6BKRh3A

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GqDtH-yIG5w
 
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YTMND is awesome, I still like going in and putting in a search tag for something random and seeing what goofy stuff comes out of it.
This video still pops into my head randomly once in awhile. Some old College Humor stuff was funny but I got tired of them pretty quick.


These kinds of crazy conspiracy videos were awesome. I recently found this and I feel like I remember a time when youtube was like 20% videos like this.


Then I used to watch where they'd make cross-game stories like this one.


This is a re-up of an old youtube video from 2006 for Banjo Kazzoie about a solution for stop n swop.


This is a video of a lecture from 2010 at a University where a woman explains the meme culture war with Scientology.


A goofy old comedy video about naked characters in video games.




I need to clean out my youtube playlists sometime and just get a master list of all the old videos.
 
Crazy to think this was considered boring, normie-tier content 15 years ago.
how this became emberassing!
how things like these happen!
how comes we seem cringe at 30+ years of ages as offensive now!
 
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a prime exemple of what pre-youtubers youtube was about




"pre-youtuber era" is a good description of the YouTube I miss and of a YouTube that existed over a decade ago.

Video game content back then was different. Most had unregistered hypercam 2 watermarks.
Some were even just filmed with a camera pointed to a tv screen.

It was awesome.

This was during a time where liking video games/anime was still considered distasteful in typical social circles, so the people recording these came from the socially awkward crowd.

They didn't even stand a chance. The social media influencers arrived circa 2012 and took over like a flash in the pan. Now these amateur videos have been buried so deep by the YouTube algorithm that it's almost an accomplishment to search for "scary game walkthrough" and not have a thumbnail of cleavage or a guy flashing the Soylent Grin.
 

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"pre-youtuber era" is a good description of the YouTube I miss and of a YouTube that existed over a decade ago.

Video game content back then was different. Most had unregistered hypercam 2 watermarks.
Some were even just filmed with a camera pointed to a tv screen.

It was awesome.

This was during a time where liking video games/anime was still considered distasteful in typical social circles, so the people recording these came from the socially awkward crowd.

They didn't even stand a chance. The social media influencers arrived circa 2012 and took over like a flash in the pan. Now these amateur videos have been buried so deep by the YouTube algorithm that it's almost an accomplishment to search for "scary game walkthrough" and not have a thumbnail of cleavage or a guy flashing the Soylent Grin.
I also liked that the reason any videos like that ever took off was because they'd be the only videos about those games up that weren't a 1 minute trailer in 144p posted by IGN or something. That punch out video would have like 60K views on the merit that there were no other punch out videos on the site which was awesome.





Unironic music videos were another great time in youtube history too.
 
genre of "misheard lyrics" and neon "bleach" moviemaker comic sans lyrics videos
 
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I saw a video from Rhett and Link recently and I think it encapsulates a lot of what the old internet was about so perfectly, the song just makes it seem so massive. A lot of the websites in the video don't even exist now or are ghost towns, but I find it funny how back then twitter was just thought of as another new gimmicky website. The video in question is this one:
View: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uyPDHh4d1Xo


Anyone know of any other videos like this one that show off what the internet was like?


View: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n0OwGSX2IiQ&ab_channel=Al%27sGeekLab
 
I remember being like 16 and seeing the sadam Husain hanging video on YouTube and it was up for a long while, it would never last more than a few minutes up now. The "ad-pocalypse" in 2016 really sent shockwaves to other parts of social media about the advertising feeling a need to pull out funding if content wasn't moderated more strictly
 
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