A Bulletin Board System (BBS) is a computer application that facilitates the exchange of messages or other files over a network. Think of the BBS as an electronic version of the bulletin boards found in many offices and workplaces. The BBS was the primary means of electronic communication between the 1980s and the early 1990s before the rise of the World Wide Web (WWW). BBS in its pure form was originally accessible through a dial-up modem or Telnet and was solely text-based. More recent versions of the BBS which are common today are internet based and have a graphical user interface (GUI).
While it is not very common today as it used to be in the past, BBS is still very much cherished by some modern-day internet users due to it's community-oriented design.
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