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Believe it or not, life before social media existed. And, people have naturally taken to social media to reminisce about it.
“For those of you that have been using the internet since at least AIM, where did you spend your time online before the rise of social media (pre 2008)?” Twitter user @cvrlne asked on Friday.
I’m curious— 🚀✨ (@cvrlne) June 14, 2019
For those of you that have been using the internet since at least AIM, where did you spend your time online before the rise of social media (pre 2008)?
As it turns out, people were all too happy to reminisce. Much of that reminiscing involved Neopets.
Remember Neopets? That website where you collected virtual pets and had to constantly remember to log in to feed them and play with them or else you would feel bizarrely guilty.
Yeah, you’re starting to remember, aren’t you?
Everyone suddenly remembering their old Neopets: pic.twitter.com/zkbyTdf4xe— Connor Stone (@stone1492) June 15, 2019
Don’t worry, pretty much all of us are in the same boat. It’s a good thing those little buddies never actually die, even virtually, or we’d all feel way worse than we already do.
Putting the guilt aside, a reminder of life pre-social media is bringing Twitter together in a Neopets-themed trip down memory lane.
How it felt when you sold an uncommon item on Neopets pic.twitter.com/kGkwbLEyFt— Nathaniel Richards (@MilkBeforeWater) June 15, 2019
i was visiting my old neopets shop and i just wanna know who let me be like this pic.twitter.com/adTgTFktuR— allie (@allisondotnet) June 13, 2019
can we talk about the omlette options in neopets tho? pic.twitter.com/VMvxvGQFuX— ▶️ m a r i a (@steadyRUready) June 15, 2019
Neopets is trending and it is hitting my right in the nostalgia feels.— AggroSquirrel (@AggroSquirrel1) June 15, 2019
Life was so much simpler in the AIM/ Diablo/ Neopets/ Popcap Games era. pic.twitter.com/6qkhPRZU0R
me in 2006 when someone on neopets actually trusted me with their pw pic.twitter.com/aQtLbkaQ8T— uh (@shyhyena) June 14, 2019
Of course, some people are just really holding onto the guilt of letting their Neopets down throughout all these years.
People really made Neopets trend just to remind me I haven’t fed my Kacheek in a decade 😔 pic.twitter.com/pgd2VbisaD— Sonia 💅🏼 (@badgirlnails) June 15, 2019
Just because Neopets don't die, doesn't mean you can just pretend they don't exist, and never feed them again. They're there, and they're hungry.— MotherOfPuppers (@Space_Polar) June 13, 2019
Neopets trending.— Marisol (@Mari_Loves_You) June 15, 2019
Logs on after MANY years.
My Neopets: pic.twitter.com/LlZG7mYsKO
Yo neopets really trending for nothing...y'all gotta remind me of my dead pets for nothing pic.twitter.com/ZVF78upv5H— 𝖌𝖔𝖙𝖍𝖎𝖈𝖈 (@a__goner) June 15, 2019
They were our virtual BFFs and did nothing to deserve such neglect!
While some of us are experiencing the dawning horror of realizing we’ve left our buddies virtually hungry for years and years, for others, this has turned into a great opportunity to brag about actually remembering to keep up with the game.
everyone’s talking about how they let their Neopets starve meanwhile I still login to use the lab ray... 😶😵— Matter Cook (@mattercook) June 15, 2019
Hahaha yeah neopets trending wow who remembers that ancient site that I definitely haven't been active on for like 20 years pic.twitter.com/dtRAkzS9bU— fate (@fatehounds) June 15, 2019
Neopets is supposedly getting a mobile app this summer, though nothing has been announced since January. So, seeing Neopets trending sent a lot of nostalgic fans into a hopeful tizzy for a moment.
neopets was trending and i got excited but nah it's just everyone being friggen' nostalgic again— 💀 𝕥𝕙𝕖 𝔹𝔼ℍ𝔼𝔸𝔻𝔼𝔻 (@dedpassm) June 15, 2019
stop hurting my heart like this
Neopets trending and I thought there was news of an app or something. Nah, it's just a mass wave of nostalgia and now I'm sad. pic.twitter.com/nhkLde8MXL— 8BitPirate (@That8BitPirate) June 15, 2019
It was, of course, short-lived. Much like our Neopets themselves.
Yet, the Neopets website is still active, the Neopets Twitter account is still active, and there’s still hope that that mobile app will eventually come out. A new addition to the Neopets gameplay experience after all these years would certainly be welcomed.
The fact that the Neopets website has remained nearly the same for well over two decades reminds me there are still constants in this ever-changing world.— ThatNerdViolet 🏕 (@thatnerdviolet) June 15, 2019
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Rachel Kiley is a writer who sometimes writes things and sometimes is based in L.A., but is definitely always on Twitter @rachelkiley.