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What is the Internet? From the Today Show January 1994 [Historical Video]

Here is an interesting look back at the discussion the hosts of the Today Show had concerning what the Internet was in 1994.

Update: A alternate upload of the video has been found so that it is available for viewing once again.

Special thanks to HTG ETC reader Goran for finding and sharing an alternate upload of this video so quickly!

Today Show January 1994- What is the Internet? [via BoingBoing]

Akemi Iwaya is a devoted Mozilla Firefox user who enjoys working with multiple browsers and occasionally dabbling with Linux. She also loves reading fantasy and sci-fi stories as well as playing "old school" role-playing games. You can visit her on Twitter and .

  • Published 02/1/11

Comments (12)

  1. Mike

    WTF! lol lol lol lol lol these people had no idea…

  2. Zack

    What is this internet you speak of…? You say I’m using it right now? Inconceivable! (“I do not think that word means what you think it means” TPB ftw)

  3. Erik

    My parents called the @ sign that mouse tail symbol…

  4. Tom

    Should have just told them it’s another way to get pron.

  5. Mark

    I remember in ’98 calling my brother and asking what the difference was between the World Wide Web and the Internet and wanted him to explain in layman’s terms what a browser did. Needed to know before I dropped $1,000 on an IBM E4N with a 333 MHZ chip and 8MB RAM.

  6. Gouthaman Karunakaran

    This makes me nostagic. The first time I ever used Internet was in mid-1998. I used IE back then. Netscape kinda sucked.

  7. Ushindi

    Right now, all I get is “Video removed by user” – that’s both here and on YouTube. Que pasa?

  8. Rauf

    There is no video man, it says video removed by the user.

  9. David

    Reporters then and now…. R-E-T-A-R-D-O !!

  10. Goran
  11. GrogNerd

    nothing more annoying than a hand-held vidcam pointed at a TV screen

  12. Anonymous

    That was 1994! Think about what was happening then. Windows 95 hadn’t even been released. IBM was still trying to sell their OS2/Warp (although adds had pretty much dried up by then). Computer viruses were still sort of a mysterious joke. Many people still knew what MS-DOS was cause they were probably still using Windows 3.11. And many of us “old timers” were still dialing into BBS’s!!!

    I think Katie Curic was still at NBC when Matt Lauer still had hair even. Frankly, I’m surprised any of them even knew what a computer was. Then again, they didn’t exactly say that the “Internet” was even a computer related thing either. Did they?

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