Revising M-Net, an Internet ghost town

WNYC’s new Internet podcast checks back in on an early chatboard. 

Mar 2, 2020, 12:35 pm*

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Gaby Dunn

Alex Goldman once spent all his time in high school on M-Net, a text-based, bulletin board accessed by dial-up and specific to Ann Arbor, Mich. It was an early, local social network, a skeleton of a site that featured a chatroom called “Party” and a cybersex forum dubbed “Hot Chat.”

Goldman, a producer at WNYC’s new Internet podcast TLDR, released an episode about his early experiences on M-Net, featuring interviews with his dad (who complains about teenage Goldman tying up the phone lines), his friend Rex who he met on M-Net, and the site’s current sysadmin.

That’s right. M-Net is still up and running, though it’s basically an Internet ghost town. Goldman reads a sad forum contribution from a user talking to himself about the good old days. It’s an interesting look at the evolution of the Internet.

The podcast is a short, fascinating piece of nostalgia. Who could forget that dial-up sound?

Photo via Tony Duell/Flickr

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*First Published: Nov 10, 2013, 3:41 pm