AOL started as an online service too and made great strides at making the Internet more universally accessible in the U. IRC (Internet Relay Chat) was developed in 1988 and used for file sharing, link sharing and otherwise keeping in touch.It was really the father of instant messaging as we know it today.It seems there are social solutions to just about every need.
Usenet systems were first conceived of in 1979 by Tom Truscott and Jim Ellis.
Usenets let users post articles or posts (referred to as “news”) to newsgroups.
Genie was an early online service created by a General Electric subsidiary (GEIS) in 1985.
It ran through 1999 and was one of the earliest services available.
IRC was mostly UNIX-based though, limiting access to most people.