Electronic bulletin boards

Bulletin Board Systems (BBSs) were a forerunner of today's Internet.

Bulletin Board Systems tended to be closed systems, which meant people had to dial in directly to the Bulletin Board (which also meant that BBSs tended to used by people from the local community). These dial-up services provided an electronic gathering place for people with similar interests, and included multi-player games, community news, information and chat.

Usenet news groups

The Internet has its own public bulletin boards, called Usenet newsgroups, usually shortened to newsgroups. On the wild frontier of cyberspace, newsgroups are a series of notes posted by interested users for anyone else to read.

Electronic mail

In a world before affordable fax machines, e-mail was a useful tool for researchers, academicians and government employees who needed to share reports, images, databases and other documents quickly and accurately.