Bulletin board system
A bulletin board system, or BBS, is a computer system that allows users to communicate and share information and files with each other. Such systems came up in the 1970s and were originally accessed only over a telephone line using a modem. By the early 1990s some BBSes allowed access via a Telnet, packet switched network, or packet radio connection. Bulletin board systems were in many ways a precursor to the modern form of the World Wide Web, social network services and other aspects of the Internet. Today, web groups and web forums occupy much of the same social and technological space as BBSes did.
The term BBS is also today often used to refer to any online forum or message board. Although the original BBSing survives only as a niche hobby in most parts of the world, it is still an extremely popular form of communication for Taiwanese youth and in China.
BBSes and spanking artEdit
Before Internet forums came up, BBSes fulfilled much of the same function, and some of them carried significant spanking art. Now most of these are defunct or have been converted to web based forums.
- textfiles.com - Collection of historical BBS documents, files and history
- Google Ngram Viewer for "bulletin board system,bbs" (1970-2008)
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