Thanks for the invite, Matthew!
Thinking back, my first real exposure to the internet would have been in 1998 when I'd just started my degree in Graphic Design at the University of Lincoln.
We had Yahoo! as the default home page which, in turn, lead us to primarily using Yahoo! products such as Groups, Messenger, Profiles, Mail, etc... and even a tiny foray into the world of HTML courtesy of GeoCites' free web space.
Funny how, some 14 years later, the nuts and bolts of online communication hasn't actually changed that much. Yahoo! had nailed mainstream social networking before the term was even coined.
On hindsight, Yahoo! (for us Uni students at least) was *the* internet. What went wrong, eh?