They did. I was one of the oddballs rooting for the new people. I didn’t like the commercialization entering in, but I was ready to deal with eternal n00bs instead of just in September. I like being the greeter. “Welcome to the internet!”.
It’s a blessing-curse and I pursue it with wreckless abandon, even today. When Vine was a thing, I’d be the guy supporting the new people with only a few followers, giving likes and encouraging. The reward I occasionally get is worth it. “You were my first follower. You believed in me and look at where I am today”. I do that everywhere online. Weird wholesome is accurate.