Eventually we started using things like CompuServ, Prodigy and then AOL. When Spry Mosaic and Netscape Navigator came long it ushered in the visual web we all know and love today. BBSes played a major role in the evolution of the world wide web but it doesn’t get enough love or credit. These online communities were built by passionate people who wanted to help others connect and communicate. Sometimes it would only be 2 or 3 at a time because they were using physical phone lines and modems! Now we have the ability to connect with tons of people at any time.
Here’s a documentary about BBSes called BBS: The Documentary. It’s almost 5 hours long so you’ll have to watch it in several viewings. I saved all 8 parts to a playlist.