incrediBILL - 2:24 am on May 10, 2013 (gmt 0)
Forget dial-up internet, in the 80s we had dial-up Fido-net and of course I was a node operator helping move email around the planet. I used to chit chat with some guy in Israel on a Fido-net echo mail feed and it took about 2 days to get a response which isn't bad considering it was being relayed and dispatched from privately owned and operated PCs over 2400bps modems around the world.
Quite amazing it all worked really and I was thrilled to be a part of it.
Surprisingly some folks were already taking such global communications for granted back in the day even when it took so long to make the round trip vs. today when you Tweet and the whole world sees it instantly.