Bulletin Board System (BBS) aka CBBS now 32 years old

32 years ago, on Feb 16, 1978 in Chicago, Illinois, the first public dial-up Bulletin Board System (BBS) aka Computerized Bulletin Board System (CBBS) developed by Ward Christensen went online. With the original 110 and 300 baud modems of the late 1970s, BBSes were particularly slow, but speed improved with introduction of 1200 bit/s modems […]

32 years ago, on Feb 16, 1978 in Chicago, Illinois, the first public dial-up Bulletin Board System (BBS) aka Computerized Bulletin Board System (CBBS) developed by Ward Christensen went online. With the original 110 and 300 baud modems of the late 1970s, BBSes were particularly slow, but speed improved with introduction of 1200 bit/s modems in early 1980s. Most of the information was displayed using ordinary ASCII text or ANSI art, though some BBSes experimented with higher resolution visual formats such as innovative but obscure Remote Imaging Protocol. Towards early 1990s, BBS industry became so popular that it spawned three monthly magazines, Boardwatch, BBS Magazine, and in Asia and Australia, Chips 'n Bits Magazine which devoted extensive coverage of the software and technology innovations and people behind them, and listings to US and worldwide BBSes. “Unlike modern websites and online services, typically hosted by third-party companies in commercial data centers, BBS computers (especially for smaller boards) were typically operated from the SysOp's home over normal telephoen lines. Only larger BBSs with multiple phone lines using specialized hardware, multitasking software, or a LAN connecting multiple computers, could host multiple simultaneous users.”

Source:→ Wikipedia