I think I was more aware of JenniCam, but never understood the impulse to watch a stranger fold her laundry. It's definitely weird to look back on a time when publicly documenting every mundane detail of your life was considered strange enough to be noteworthy (though I never jumped on that bandwagon myself). My phone has a setting specifically for taking pictures of your food!
I also remember all the "quirky" news stories about people who met their spouses on the 'net. Or the police being baffled by it. It was our little subculture, and it was surprising when people in the mainstream acknowledged it at all, and then funny how clueless they sounded—how long was it before newscasters finally stopped saying "Internet email?"
It's not really that curious.
This is the thing that's almost impossible to communicate to people who didn't live through it—the freedom and excitement that could inspire something like The Declaration of Independence of Cyberspace. In the 90s the Internet was a place where you could shed the constraints of the real world and explore challenging new ideas and strange subcultures. It wasn't real names, curated feeds, Disney, your mom and the NSA. It was seeking out the unfamiliar, not breeding alt-right angst.
I feel like people who started when social media came online don't even understand what the Internet is for. I keep wanting to tell them that they're using it wrong.