BBS (B`B-S') noun
1. Acronym for bulletin board system. A computer system equipped with one or more modems or other means of network access that serves as an information and message-passing center for remote users. Often BBSs are focused on special interests, such as science fiction, movies, Windows software, or Macintosh systems, and can have free or fee-based access, or a combination. Users dial into a BBS with their modems and post messages to other BBS users in special areas devoted to a particular topic, in a manner reminiscent to posting notes on a cork bulletin board. Many BBSs also allow users to chat online with other users, send e-mail, download and upload files that include freeware and shareware software, and access the Internet. Many software and hardware companies run proprietary BBSs for customers that includes sales information, technical support, and software upgrades and patches. Also called bulletin board system.
2. Acronym for be back soon. A shorthand phrase often seen in Internet discussion groups by a participant leaving the group who wishes to bid a temporary farewell to the rest of the group.
BBS [Bulletin Board System]- A computer that is set up to act as a system where other people call in using phone lines to post messages; sometimes software is traded, and usually archives are kept of software on the board. The first board worthy of the name was Ward Christensen and Randy Suess's board in 1978.
|BBS: The Documentary (2005)|
Electronic Bulletin Board System that runs on a computer set to respond to modem phone calls from other computer users wishing to exchange messages and files. In the decade before the Internet became a household word, BBSs (often run from the basement of hobbyists and small entrepreneurs) defined the horizons of cyberspace for the average modem dabbler, with tens of thousands of separate computers around the world reflecting a similar diversity of interests as is now found in Usenet newsgroups. Unlike the Internet, most BBSs were self-contained islands, incapable of connecting with any other BBS to forward or receive messages.
This situation began to change in the late '80s with the advent of shoestring networks, like FidoNet, in which participating BBSs were programmed to exchange files during off-peak phone times; though immensely successful given their modest infrastructure, such BBS networks have largely been absorbed into Internet in recent years.