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Compu Serve allowed members to share files and access news and events.
But it also offered something few had ever experienced – true interaction.
Not only could you send a message to your friend via a newfangled technology dubbed “e-mail” (granted, the concept of e-mail wasn’t exactly newfangled at the time, though widespread public access to it was).
You could also join any of Compu Serve’s thousands of discussion forums to yap with thousands of other members on virtually any important subject of the day.
Long before it became the commercialized mass information and entertainment juggernaut it is today, long before it was accessible to the general public, and certainly many years before Al Gore claimed he “took the initiative in creating” it, the Internet – and its predecessors – were a focal point for social interactivity.