RIP Randy Seuss, who was a co-creator of the first(?) BBS system: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/12/20/technology/randy-suess-dead.html
The article repeatedly makes statements calling BBSes "an early version of facebook or twitter" because that's apparently the only way anyone understands online interaction in 2019, but they don't make the distinction that local BBSes were almost always for-fun, non-profit hobby ventures that were 100% about fostering local community, not surveilance capitalist hellscape advertising platforms
The social network of the future: No ads, no corporate surveillance, ethical design, and decentralization! Own your data with Mastodon!