The original CompuServe service, first offered in 1979, was shut down this past week by its current owner, AOL. The service, which provided its users with addresses such as 73402,3633 and was the first major online service, had seen the number of users dwindle in recent years. At its height, the service boasted about having over half a million users simultaneously on line. Many innovations we now take for granted, from online travel (Eaasy Sabre), online shopping, online stock quotations, and global weather forecasts, just to name a few, were standard fare on CompuServe in the 1980s.
Original article http://www.basexblog.com/2009/07/03/compuserve-requiem/
At the time CompuServe was the source of all sorts of practical computer info – info that was a huge effort to find on the (then) internet. Helped no end with large scale Win3.1 to flasho Win95 migrations 🙂