<i>Words by Pickles</i>
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<b>Things were so different at the start of the 2000s to what we have today; the music was pure cheese and the technology was basic but it actually worked. What things do you remember when you were growing up? Make sure you list your memories in the comments below</b>
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<img width="35%" align="right" src="https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/w/images/2/28/Msn.png" alt="MSN Messenger" style="margin-right: 10px; margin-left: 15px; margin-top: 20px; margin-bottom: 10px;">
<h3><b>1. MSN Messenger</b></h3>
Mum: "I need to use the phone". Me: "I'm on MSN so you can't". The struggles of using MSN Messenger, back in the time of dial up internet connections (you couldn't connect to the internet at the same time as use the phone). MSN was an instant messenger and it was the place where you could chat to your mates for hours on end about everything and anything. It was also a place to write your boy/girlfriends names in love heart emojis and tell the whole world what you're listening to. Classic MSN.
<img width="35%" align="right" src="https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/w/images/c/cd/Scoubidou.jpg" alt="Scoobies" style="margin-right: 10px; margin-left: 15px; margin-top: 20px; margin-bottom: 10px;">
<h3><b>2. Scoobidou</b></h3>
Scoobidous were definitely the "loom band" craze of today. You could buy a pack of scoobies (as we all liked to call them) for £1-2 and you used to be able to make loads of cool multicoloured bracelets from them; scoobies were so much better than loom bands. For a start you didn't have any other bits of equipment to help you along, you only needed two bits of plastic string thing and off you went. They were good fun, but I always had to get someone else to make them as I couldn't..huge fail.
<img width="35%" align="right" src="https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/w/images/b/bd/Nokia.jpg" alt="The classic Nokia 3310" style="margin-right: 10px; margin-left: 15px; margin-top: 20px; margin-bottom: 10px;">
<h3><b>3. Nokia 3310</b></h3>
The king of all phones. The Nokia 3310 was the most reliable phone you could ask for; you wouldn't worry about dropping it because if you did the screen wouldn't break or smash or it wouldn't damage the phone. You couldn't do much on it but everyone must remember the signature ringtones that came with the phone and the unbelievably addictive game 'Snake' - what a game that was. They've since tried to replicate the game on smartphones but it will never be the same.
<h3><b>4. Crazy Frog</b></h3>
Do I even need to say anything? Well maybe I need to apologise to you as I know you will have this song in your head for the rest of the day too...ENJOY!


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<h3><b>5. S Club 7</b></h3>
Even when you're out at night or listening to the radio, if an S Club 7 song comes on I am almost certain that 80-90% of you will know the words to the songs and start singing along. The noughties were filled with loads of cheesy pop bands with S Club 7 being at the forefront of the cheese alongside bands like Steps and Five. Nevertheless, bands like S Club 7 influenced the fashion and style of the kids of 2000. We all know you wanted to wear a bandanna like Bradley or a crop top like Rachel.
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<h3><b>6. Smelly gel pens</b></h3>
Alongside "Gul" Pencil cases, smelly gel pens were the one. When they were first introduced the world of writing in workbooks was changed completely; biros were no longer used and felt tips barely - bring on the gel pens. Gel pens made your work look pretty (pretty crap thinking back on it) so when they introduced smelly gel pens people didn't know how to act, not only did your work look amazing it smelt like watermelon too, what was the world coming to?
<img width="35%" align="right" src="https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/w/images/b/b5/Picnmix.jpg" alt="Pic n mix" style="margin-right: 10px; margin-left: 15px; margin-top: 20px; margin-bottom: 10px;">
<h3><b>7. Woolworth's pick 'n' mix</b></h3>
Woolworth's is where I found my love for sweets. Going into town on a Saturday with the family was always made better with a 15 minute trip to Woolies just to keep us kids quiet - I'm still a fan of pick 'n' mix today but am really annoyed how much it all costs now. Cinemas have started to charge nearly £1.60 per 100g; you're having a laugh aren't you?! This was never the case in Woolworth's, you could always walk out of the shop with hundreds of grams worth of sweets and still have paid under a fiver for it. Shame they went into administration.
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<h3><b>8. Limewire</b></h3>
Limewire was probably the best program you had on your PC. All the latest tracks being played in the charts and on Top of the Pops (who remembers TOTP?) were available for download, in fact, I think most songs were available for downloading. As with any kind of downloading like this, Limewire was extremely illegal and some people were getting fined for using it (understandably), well if you got caught for using it anyway..

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<h3><b>9. Ceefax</b></h3>
Other than newspapers, Ceefax was a great way too see what's happening in the news. The sleek design, the vibrant colours used; lol, jk, it was good but looking back on it now you can see how old school it actually was. The best thing Ceefax was used for was TV listings, you could only search TV listings on terrestrial channels (before the days of Freeview and NowTV etc.). Sky definitely existed at this point but even then Sky was pretty boring as they had 1000 channels to fill but had only 20 interesting channels to watch.
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<h3><b>10. Bebo</b></h3>
The first step into the social media world for many, Bebo was the best place to share funny photos of you with your mates, to talk to your school crush in public so everyone could see that you were flirting over Bebo. Your mates would then use it as a topic of conversation (or tease you about it) the next day. For me, Bebo was short lived as it got a bit boring but having done a bit of research it's still live and kicking today. Is it the same as it once was and do kids still use it?
<img width="35%" align="right" src="https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/w/images/2/2e/Myspace.jpg" alt="Myspace" style="margin-right: 10px; margin-left: 15px; margin-top: 20px; margin-bottom: 20px;">
<h3><b>11. Myspace</b></h3>
Bebo was completely left behind as soon as Myspace entered the room (unfortunately for Myspace exactly the same happened when Facebook joined the party). Getting home from school used to be the best part of the day as you would run in the door, turn on the PC and open up the only two programs you needed open; MSN Messenger and Myspace. Myspace was amazing for start up bands as it allowed them to get recognised fairly quickly; this is one of the main uses for Myspace too (even though no one uses it anymore).
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<h3><b>12. Pokemon</b></h3>
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