Raise your hands if you remember CompuServe, either by name recognition, being a prior user of thier online services (I recall using them, AOL and Prodigy), or the forums. Incoming history lesson: CompuServe lauched its online services in the early 1980s, becoming the first major commercial online service provider in the United States and one of the true old-guard entities of the early days of the internet. Nowadays, especially in the last decade, that same collective of companies — howdy AOL and Yahoo — have been trimming down services once heavily promoted (don’t forget to pour some out for AOL Instant Messenger). In the case of CompuServe’s discussion boards and forums, that service will fade into the ether by December 15th.
CompuServe posted this announcement for the forum’s closure at the top of every discussion board:
“We regret to inform you that the Forums will be removed from the CompuServe service effective December 15, 2017. For more than two decades, the CompuServe Forums paved the way for online discussions on a wide variety of topics and we appreciate all of the participation and comments you have provided over the years.”
As with when many services with a moderate to strong user base close down, fans were understandably disappointed, especially with the impending loss of some of the services more niche communities (i.e. the Books & Writers board) that have lasted long despite the growth of multiple modern social networking platforms. CompuServe has also stated that all other services available on the site’s homepage — news, weather, e-mail, entertainment, etc. — will continue to run normally.
[Thanks Digital Trends]