The long running messaging and forum service, CompuServe is now on its last month of borrowed time. With messaging and chat services no longer being viable money makers and the forums pull dwindling, the longest running communications service in America is coming to a close. According to a posting on the forums,
Dear Forum friends and family,
We regret to inform you that the Forums will be removed from the CompuServe service effective December 15, 2017. For more than two decades, the CompuServe Forums paved the way for online discussions on a wide variety of topics and we appreciate all of the participation and comments you have provided over the years.
All of your email, news, weather, sports, and entertainment information will remain available to you after this change. We are constantly evaluating the content and services that are available through the service, and look forward to bringing you new content and services in the future.
The CompuServe Team
CompuServe which has been around since the 1980’s has long been the target of both love and hate among computer users. Hated for its extremely high cost and constant changes to it service, it was one of the earliest services which capitalized on the idea that all communications should be central and that everyone should be able to communicate with everyone else on the planet. Then in 1998, the other huge messaging service, America Online (AOL) purchased the company eventually bleeding it to the point where it was just a shell of the service it had once been.
While Oath, Inc., (Verizon) the owner of CompuServe has done its darnedest to make the service relevant again, according to the posting, the failure of CompuServe is complete with the service will completely shutting down as of 15 December 2017 with the only remaining bastion of the CompuServe days being any messages which were picked up on Usenet (now run by Google for the most part).
While the posting mentions that Mail and News will continue to be served, one can only speculate on how long that will be up since the lion’s share of the email and news market globally is owned by Google and Yahoo.