CompuServe Ads: A Requiem for an Era
First GeoCities, and now this. We’re watching the end of an era. CompuServe, America’s first major online service, was shut down this week. These are the guys who actually trademarked the word email — a ridiculous claim they abandoned in 1984, fortunately for anyone offering email service today.
I’m just amazed they kept their servers running for the last thirty years. CompuServe’s old ads play like excerpts from history of the consumer Internet: from explaining the concept to hobbyists, to demonstrating its business applications. In memory of the time when the Internet came in a $39.95 box with 10c-per-minute access fees at 0.002 megabits per second, enjoy this trip down memory lane.
“The information service you won’t outgrow.” Ah, irony. Human ingenuity will always outgrow proprietary services, no matter how prevalent or pioneering.
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