Was a precursor to the Internet. Technically, the BBS was a computer system that ran software to allow users to dial into the system using a phone line. Users could then download software and data, upload data, read news, or exchange messages with other online users. The BBS was popular from the 1970s through to the early 1990s. WordIQ. Bulletin Board System. [Online, 2004.] WordIQ Website. http:// www.wordiq.com/definition/Bulletin_Board_System.
(computing) A type of computer system, now largely obsolete, used to exchange messages and data.