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posted by LaminatorX on Sunday March 30 2014, @01:12PM   Printer-friendly [Skip to comment(s)]
from the Vive-le-Minitel dept.

An Anonymous Coward writes:

Amsterdam had social media in 1994, back before normal people in most places even knew the Internet existed. It grew to 400,000 users before being privatized and thus killed. Now there is an effort to recover and preserve it.

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  • (Score: 3, Interesting) by Dunbal on Sunday March 30 2014, @02:14PM

    by Dunbal (3515) on Sunday March 30 2014, @02:14PM (#23156)

    I also had Mirabilis ICQ... Facebook invented social media as much as Apple invented the tablet.

    • (Score: 1) by daver!west!fmc on Sunday March 30 2014, @04:00PM

      by daver!west!fmc (1391) on Sunday March 30 2014, @04:00PM (#23176)

      Some of us had e-mail, and later Usenet news too.

    • (Score: 3, Informative) by Grishnakh on Sunday March 30 2014, @06:31PM

      by Grishnakh (2831) on Sunday March 30 2014, @06:31PM (#23228)

      The tablet computer was probably invented in the 1960s, by Arthur C. Clarke (also the inventor of the geosynchronous satellite). It make an appearance in his movie "2001: A Space Odyssey".

      • (Score: 2, Informative) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday March 30 2014, @10:49PM

        by Anonymous Coward on Sunday March 30 2014, @10:49PM (#23331)

        Star Trek:TOS premiered in 1966. They had handheld thingies before the 1968 release of Kubrick's movie.

        -- gewg_

  • (Score: 4, Informative) by lx on Sunday March 30 2014, @02:19PM

    by lx (1915) on Sunday March 30 2014, @02:19PM (#23157)

    The self important people involved in this may hail it as the forerunner of facebook but
    as I recall it was an ordinary BBS and a half deserted and cheesy one at that. There were much better ones run by amateurs all over the country.

    • (Score: 2) by FatPhil on Sunday March 30 2014, @05:15PM

      by FatPhil (863) <pc-soylentNO@SPAMasdf.fi> on Sunday March 30 2014, @05:15PM (#23203) Homepage
      I think one reason why a lot of the nerdy types I know (such as me and my g/f) aren't into the "modern internet" that this is being compared to is that there really is nothing new about the modern internet.

      I remember inventing social media in 1993, when I created my CGI-driven "virtual pub fight" webpage. And even that was just ripping off stuff that had been done before (e.g. the ubiquitous* guestbooks).

      The internet was invented for the easy exchange of information. The infrastructure was inventive - all payloads are just payloads.

      [* ubiquitous to internet users at the time - the internet's expanded my many orders of magnitude since then.]
      --
      Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people; the smallest discuss themselves
    • (Score: 5, Interesting) by zim on Sunday March 30 2014, @05:30PM

      by zim (1251) on Sunday March 30 2014, @05:30PM (#23212)
      I really miss the true original BBSes. It was so damm nice to be able to BAN a jerkwad forever.

      And there were alot less of them to deal with. It took some measure of intelligence to setup a computer and get a term program going and call up a bbs.

      Altho i don't miss the bills for calling all over the world. And the bills for having 10 phone lines. And the fighting with the phone company that i wasn't actually a business but just a home user spending my own money to run the thing.
  • (Score: 1) by Bartman12345 on Sunday March 30 2014, @02:59PM

    by Bartman12345 (1317) on Sunday March 30 2014, @02:59PM (#23162)

    So... have Facebook made them an offer for it yet?

  • (Score: 1) by jpkunst on Sunday March 30 2014, @03:42PM

    by jpkunst (2310) on Sunday March 30 2014, @03:42PM (#23171)
    Too bad that I let my <initials>@dds.nl email address from 1994 expire at the time instead of converting it to <initials>@xs4all.nl. Would have been a nice "leet" email address now.
  • (Score: 2) by TheLink on Sunday March 30 2014, @06:14PM

    by TheLink (332) on Sunday March 30 2014, @06:14PM (#23222) Journal
  • (Score: 1) by spiritplumber on Monday March 31 2014, @12:34AM

    by spiritplumber (238) on Monday March 31 2014, @12:34AM (#23365)

    Why is it never the inventors that make money/get recognition?