2.1M Internet forums from 1981 to 1991 are now free to read

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Need a throwback?

In case you miss the golden years of when you weren’t born yet, systems architect Jozef Jarosciak has dug up 20 years of Internet memories from 1981 to 1991 from the old-school ‘social media platform‘ Usenet.

We use ‘social media platform‘ lightly since Usenet is the OG of the OG, serving as an early-domain, pre-toxic forum page created by Duke University students in the 80s.

If you were ever curious about the inner workings of people from the 80’s and 90’s, the 42-page Usenet Archive has about everything your bored ass would want to know –  from Aliens to 1980 computers and games to politics.

usenet archive, <b> 2.1M Internet forums from 1981 to 1991 are now free to read </b>

Scrolling through the archive is simple enough. Similar to Reddit, it has domains and subdomains that people can click through and read for quick info on how it went from over 40 years ago.

Spoiler: It’s mostly wholesome, like this friendly invitation for a quick game of pick-up basketball (in 1984).

‘Well, with all the keyboard pushers out there… there must also be some types who enjoy a friendly game of pick-up basketball,’

‘You are cordially invited to lace up your shoes and come out and have a good time…..the competition is friendly and not too fierce so players of all caliber can enjoy.’

usenet archive, <b> 2.1M Internet forums from 1981 to 1991 are now free to read </b>

Jarosciak posted his findings on Reddit, where he plans to have the Usenet Archive hold over 1 billion throwback posts in the near future. That’s a lot of scrolling.

Ah, the Internet

usenet archive, <b> 2.1M Internet forums from 1981 to 1991 are now free to read </b>