bulletin-board system (BBS)
Computerized system used to exchange public messages or files. A BBS is typically reached by using a dial-up modem. Most are dedicated to a special interest, which may be an extremely narrow topic. Any user may post his or her own message (so that they appear on the site for all to read). Bulletin boards produce conversations between interested participants, who may download or print out messages they desire to keep or pass on to others. BBS sites today number in the tens of thousands. See also newsgroup.
This entry comes from Encyclopædia Britannica Concise.
For the full entry on bulletin-board system (BBS), visit Britannica.com.
Seen & Heard
What made you look up bulletin-board system (BBS)? Please tell us what you were reading, watching or discussing that led you here.