R.I.P Usenet: 1980-2008

Posted by PC Magazine

Before the Eternal September, but after the Great Renaming, I learned about sex on Usenet. A few years later, on a Mac SE in a college basement, I met friends I still have today. We "spewed" about our teenage lives in ways that would be familiar to any MySpace blogger circa 2008, but that were radical, strange, and comforting in 1993. We made faraway friends, burned yearbooks to CDs and mailed them to Finland with way too many stamps. We were the first Net kids, really.

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