Folks are waxing poetic about CompuServe,now that news has broken that the classic service is shutting down for good (like anyone really noticed until they announced it).
Brings back so many memories of my old Prodigy, CompuServe, GEnie and Delphi accounts. Eric and I didn’t meet online, but those online services were a big part of our courtship. Remember when there was no spam? When the only online predators we had to worry about were the services themselves that charged us by the second? The so-called “connected web” we live in today isn’t a new concept. Some of the most meaningful friendships of my life came out of GEnie or CompuServe at a time when Facebook’s most active users didn’t know how to write yet.
I just spent 30 minutes looking for screen shots to go with what I’m describing in this post. I might as well be looking for examples of written language before ink.