Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 15th Jun 2012 23:15 UTC
Internet & Networking "Long before the coming of the World Wide Web, the Minitel provided a sort of internet-in-one-country. Long before Facebook, Google or Twitter - millions of French people went 'online' daily to search for information, to book their holidays, chat to strangers or seek cheap (or not so cheap) sexual thrills."
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Another notable French "pre-internet"
by zima on Sat 16th Jun 2012 00:03 UTC
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2005-07-06 - its spirit very much lives on in the internet

PS. Curiously, it seems that CYCLADES was essentially forcibly terminated to not compete with Minitel, or at least its underlying (less forward-thinking, evidently) technology.

Edited 2012-06-16 00:12 UTC

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