BBS.com : Not your Daddy’s Internet!
This is the 2nd installment in an open series about three letter .com domains that don’t seem to conform to the primary acronym they represent.
Last time we talked about BBW.com – this time around we welcome yet another “B” letter domain, BBS.com
Not sure how many among you recall the time of the Bulletin Board Systems – the small, stand-alone networks that predated the Internet.
A Bulletin Board System is:
[...] a computer system running software that allows users to connect and log in to the system using a terminal program. Once logged in, a user can perform functions such as uploading and downloading software and data, reading news and bulletins, and exchanging messages with other users, either through electronic mail or in public message boards. Many BBSes also offer on-line games, in which users can compete with each other, and BBSes with multiple phone lines often provide chat rooms, allowing users to interact with each other.
In the late 1970′s until the mid-1990′s the BBS model was essentially a method of creating network “islands” that provided connectivity and interaction among their users, without being cross-connected. The BBS lost its prime a while after the Internet kicked in; although not fully extinct, it’s not quite common in our days.
Most old-timers on the Internet do recall the era of the BBS – which makes more sense to present on a web site such as BBS.com – right?
Visitors of BBS.com are instead presented with the impressive showroom of a manufacture of sports car rims.
Oh, the sacrilege! Instead of something related to the prehistoric Internet era, we are facing aluminum and chrome creations to pimp our rides with!
Not only that, but when searching for BBS in Google, BBS.com is the number one result, surpassing Wikipedia for the term that is related to Bulletin Board Systems. Nice job, BBS.com
As for the “elders” among us, we will keep remembering those screeching 9.6k connections and dropped phone signals fondly