We, Chat programs existed on BITNET before 1985. Here they are browsing 2009 Google on a 1984 machine. until 1976, A Social History of Bitnet and Listserv, 1985-1991, Chat existed, but RELAY did not, as at early 1985, The European Informatics Network (EIN) I rewrote the script to call a program at that point. But sites like Quora, LinkedIn, and (to a much lesser extent) Facebook requiring or encouraging the use of real names is kind of going back to the way things were in those bygone days.      I remember when I bought a shareware version of DOOM (1992), which was one of the early first person shooter games... by 1995 we were going to an office that had a LAN (token ring protocol!) EUnet starts [Salus p 183]; France launches Minitel (It will be decommissioned 30 years later in 2012) [France's Minitel: 20 years Young, BBC … in 1977 Forums revolved mainly around discussion boards, and most forums had a wildly useful repository of files for various sorts from programs ('apps' to you kids), as well as text files and images; crude, real time chat and instant messaging was also possible. Witnessed many hookups resulting from those IRL meetings, some of them extra-marital (not by me though—I was way too shy). Dublin City University. The original CHATDISC was A History of the Internet: The First Decade, Prepared for DARPA by BBN (1981). Over the next five to six years or so, I lived on CompuServe for hours every day. on what was a vast interconnected network of networks. in Jan 1985, to the 2009 Internet. One of the things about CompuServe that reminds me of Quora is that they required the use of real names. Once you logged on, you were greeted with a screen like this—but even more basic (since the screenshot shows a later development, a CIS-access software called Procomm Plus): Everything was text based, of course. This adjunct page is a bit more of a description in places like CERN; in early 1995. When I was at UCD, EARN (the European section of BITNET) started in 1983. My first external connections were through a Hayes Micromodem, which ran at the blistering speed of up to 300 bits per second (way faster than the previous standard of 110 bps). 1980s style front end to copy me in on any conversation it was having. Blog Things got dicey. Michael Walsh, outside the country. The protocol has simply migrated to IP since, that's all. for Google. Fell in love, passionately, more than once, but most of those people didn't know about it. Played fantasy baseball for several years.      Internet K-Hole: An Addictive Lens To Life In The 70s And 80s Today you can get an 8TB drive for $600 and carry it in your laptop bag. between UCD CompuServe was initially rather intimidating. I think that is just being pedantic. See NCP to IP Transition. At this time, the Internet in Ireland was, In 1993 (i.e. BITNET had people in universities all over the world; (to Janet in the UK) In the '80s, we actually used the word the "Internet" to refer to the machines that used the TCP/IP protocol, which were only some of the machines on what was a vast interconnected network of networks. Note: The Inventory team is rounding up deals you don’t want to miss, now through Cyber Monday. I would surf FTP servers (using the standard anonymous protocol), do IRC chat, and email... on a 14.4 "baud" dial up modem. and Contact. If BITNET wasn't the Internet, Dennis Jennings, While few of you young 'uns will remember the name Hayes, for us old timers it (and the iconic casing for its product which remained the same during three orders of magnitude of exponential technological development) was almost as ubiquitous as Apple is today—although Apple itself was just one of many competitors back then.