One seeker posted an experience to a Dallas area BBS (the local BBS no longer exists) in the late 1980s that she'd spent a great deal of time in past life research because of her claustrophobia.
The Internet was just a series of BBS boards in those days, but soap opera fans particularly those on college campuses found ways to begin connecting to each other.
If you had a BBS server, the number of phone lines you had was the maximum number of users that could be on at one time.
The leap from the BBS to America Online was the launching point for online fans everywhere to begin interacting.
In the 1980s and first half of the 1990s, most community networks used bulletin board (BBS) software.
These first online games used a bulletin board system, also known as a BBS.