It was 1996 and I was on the Internet. My family had purchased a computer that came with one of those annoyingly ubiquitous AOL starter CDs and before I knew it, I was hooked. I surfed for potential colleges, used Instant Messenger to chat with my friends and constantly made my parents angry by using the phone jack to connect to the web.
Once the 2000’s (and faster internet connections) rolled around, I started to build my online “identity”. In 2002, I created a Friendster profile. In 2003, I blinged out a MySpace profile. In 2004, Facebook came along.