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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Minitel vs. Internet
by matako on Sun 17th Jun 2012 06:25 UTC
matako
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There is no doubt that Minitel must have been seen as some sort of a competing technology... but to declare it as a major impediment to Internet adoption in France is probably a bit of an exaggeration.

For starters, this article from 1995 claims that (at the time) " France now boasts one of the world's more significant growth curves in Internet usage."

http://www.dlib.org/dlib/december95/12kessler.html

So whom to believe?

Edited 2012-06-17 06:28 UTC

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