Last week I caught myself describing weblogs by comparing them to bulletin boards – before remembering that my student would have no knowledge of this near-redundant approach to information sharing.
Many more services failed to shape up in the web era. Teletext is one, and today’s Media Guardian has an insider’s account of transferring this TV text service to the web.
The closest I came to experiencing the fault line first hand was at a job interview at CompuServe UK in early 1995. My assertion that the web would replace proprietary online services (such as theirs) appeared to take the interview panel by surprise. I did not get the job. But nor did CompuServe survive as a distinct entity.