What would Facebook be like in 1984

What would Facebook be like in 1984? Artist Mark Penney, thought about that and came up with a ASCII BBS look. I like the ASCII rendered picture on the left hand side.

Now the real question is… What is the computer is used in this picture…

At first glance I thought TRS-80 Model III

http://www.penneydesign.com/folio_im_socialnetworking1984.html

Artist’s main site: www.penneydesign.com

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7 Responses to What would Facebook be like in 1984

  1. admin says:

    Lets be honest.. Bulletin Board Systems WERE facebook in 1984… You just had to download the pictures.

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  3. Richard says:

    I think the whole thing is photoshopped. No real CRT gives that kind of glow around the corners of the screen the way he has it shown in the image. The whole thing is mocked up.

  4. Andrew says:

    I agree with Richard, however there is a good template for sure – meaning the thing might have been original just “pumped-up” for presentation.

  5. Martin Goldberg says:

    Richard – thank you captain obvious. ;) What gave it away, the fact that the artist tells on their page what they used to draw it up?

  6. admin says:

    I thought it was a photo myself

  7. Chris B says:

    The VGA display (the font and the 80×50 screen) wasn’t introduced until 1987…

    But the worst anachronism of all: no-one in 1984, with a 300baud modem at best, would’ve tolerated those slow to display screen-spanning lines everywhere! That screen would’ve taken over 100 seconds to download.

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