The first BBS was designed by Ward Christe … The first BBS was designed by Ward Christensen during a blizzard. They originally focused on [[computer]]s, [[software]], and amateur radio, as their users were all into computers, software, and amateur radio. As the concept grew more popular, boards dedicated to other subjects appeared until the [[World Wide Web|web]] came into its own. [[World Wide Web|web]] came into its own.
Before the [[World Wide Web]], before the … Before the [[World Wide Web]], before the [[Internet]] as we know it, before [[Windows]], there were BBSes. The '''BBS''', or '''Bulletin Board System''', is software running on what would now be termed a server (often just a computer in the [[SysOp]]'s home), allowing users to connect via [[modem|dial-up]] (and later on with [[Telnet]]) and post messages for other users, send email within the system, or play text-based games.
As BBSes offered only text, their interfaces defaulted to using [[ASCII]] characters to convey messages ng [[ASCII]] characters to convey messages