I've shared in the past the story of how I met my husband. He came across an interesting article that talks about the technology that brought us together. Yep! I met my husband "online". Back when the Internet was basically just a couple of university servers connected together, a forward thinking high tech company called Digital Equipment Corp. created an intricate network of systems that connected all their offices around the world together...the first corporate intranet.
Then came Notes...the first corporate message boards. I joined Digital in 1984 and rapidly found this treasure trove of online sharing. I "met" company people from all over the globe and encountered one very special guy who particularly peaked my interest. I was in Massachusetts and he was in New Jersey. We talked on Notes for months, then moved to email, and finally arranged to meet up at a local Noter party. The rest was history!
I have very fond memories of Vax Notes. I made a lot of friends, created my first online personae, and paved the way to a successful career. Not bad for a no frills, dumb terminal, plain text tool.