The KEEP BBS has been online and operational since 1983. We started on a TI-99/4a home computer running software called “TI-Net” (which is ironic, since it never networked to anything) and now we are a 32-channel MULTI-USER Worldgroup 3.13 system.
What does this mean to you? The internet has brought about the demise of many BBS systems. Why? Because nobody out there knows what a BBS is anymore. And those of us who know about BBS’s have found our favorite systems shut down due to lack of participation or support from members.
For those of you who are new to this, a BBS is an abbreviation for Bulletin Board System. Which is exactly what the first BBS’s were – an electronic bulletin board where computer users could leave messages in public “Forums” for other people to read and respond to. We had a GREAT time communicating via our computers with people we’d never meet in person.
BBS systems have evolved since then; now they feature more than just forums and “Electronic Mail,” much much more. File libraries had lots of shareware programs to download for your computer, and soon online games appeared. At first, these games were run by the BBS computer and each player played alone, as the systems only had 1 phone line. Then as multi-line and multi-node systems evolved, you could play head-to-head or cooperatively with other BBS users in real-time. ANSI colors, extended character sets and RIP Graphics standards made the BBS more fun and interesting, even though it was just text on your screen.
You had to use your imagination and your on-line personality, and actively participate in the system, to become part of the online community of a BBS. This is the standard to which The KEEP operated, and the standard it continues to meet today. We try hard to provide not just a system for you to participate in, but an interesting, thought-provoking, imaginative and entertaining experience.
The KEEP is still here. And we will endeavor to remain here for you, regardless of what new trends the Internet may follow. Currently, we are only accessible through the Internet, though there are plans for re-activating our dial-up modem service in the future.