You are so right. The internet has evolved in so many ways over time it's amazing. I have met so many people online and I've even been able to find people that I knew in school as a kid.I'd say pretty close to 20 years, also. The internet has really come a long way since then! I didn't really have too many people to communicate with back then, but now I am able to find lots of long, lost friends. It's wonderful!
I believe it was with a capital I and reflected the new domain based routing instead of uucp routing addressing. I remember the tables explaining how to address email thru various network gateways to get throughout the system.Had a modem on my Apple IIe but preferred going to the library to use those internet terminals. Did they call it the internet back then?