Welcome to the Internet Time Machine
In the 2010s, the internet grew up — and we grew up with it. Facebook was a fun place to swap photos, until it became a threat to global democracy. Instagram trained us in the fine art of duck face. Vine came and went, leaving a trail of front-facing videos in its wake. Swiping was fun, then depressing, then… the only way not to die alone?
Medium launched in 2012 and Human Parts was founded one year later, so, to mark the end of this decade in tabs, we’re taking you back into our archives with stories that range from the inspiring to the cringeworthy. Like the internet itself, this collection of stories is somewhat random, nostalgia-inducing, and a little rough around the edges. It blurs the lines of where we’ve been, and where we’re going. Without further ado, we invite you to open up a new tab (or 30) and take a spin on the Internet Time Machine.
Here’s what (and who) you’ll find…
Apparently, there are still some things you can’t say in a mixed-race Facebook space
The truth about pretending to be someone else on the internet
Sometimes, there’s an upside to a public meltdown
If Facebook is a club, Twitter is a dive bar
Maybe wisdom is accepting that you don’t get to decide who you are
Learning to love 25,000 strangers in a virtual birth club