Who here used or remembers Q-Link? The Commodore 64 only network that would eventually become AOL.
I used Q-Link in a C-128 in C64 mode for about a year around 1986 or so. It was fun. At the time I was also running a BBS on a Kaypro 4, and seeing Q-link let me see what the larger world could look like on a larger network. Such fun.
A promotional video from back in the day:
I don’t remember this, as I wasn’t in the C64 world, but it’s a great story! See also Jimmy Maher’s 5-part writeup of “a net before the web”: