Friday, 29 June 2012

France's Minitel shutting down after 30 years

After 30 years of service, France’s Minitel information service is shutting down for good. Launched in 1982 by the French state telephone company Poste, Téléphone et Télécommunications (PTT), which later became France Télécom, it was France’s answer to the World Wide Web before the Web was even created. However, despite remarkable initial success, it proved unable to compete with the modern internet and on June 30, 2012 it will be switched off... Continue Reading France's Minitel shutting down after 30 years

1 comment:

Fruitbat44 said...

Interesting article David. So, France invented the Internet.

An exaggeration maybe?

Well, "Minitel quickly became overrun by the sex industry" it certainly sounds like the Internet! :-)

A couple of observations:

One. Minitel, written down anyway, sounds like something out of 1984.

And . . .

Two. "While anyone could post almost anything on the internet . . " IMO this is both the blessing, and the curs, of the Internet. -sigh-