Adieu, Minitel

Adieu, Minitel
On June 30th, its 30th birthday, France Télécom is hanging up on the Minitel videotexting system, whose monitors have been a fixture in French homes, offices, and post offices since 1982. The “France-Wide  Web” text-over-phoneline system replaced phone directories, displayed online news and information, and allowed electronic bill payments and other transactions (even virtual sex). Cellphone MSM texting and e-commerce on the Web now serve many of the same functions. Still, there is some mélancolie as the French say “Adieu Minitel, ami fidèle.”

More:

“Nation bids ‘adieu’ to ‘French Internet,'” Tony Todd, France 24

“Adieu, Minitel: France’s forerunner to the web to close,” David Meyer, ZDNET UK

French bid ‘adieu’ to Minitel, the France-Wide Web,” Vicky Buffery and Pauline Mevel, Reuters via Chicago Tribune

“Minitel: The rise and fall of the France-wide web,” Hugh Schofield, BBC News

#Minitel on Twitter

Minitel core services portal and Yellow Pages

“France Telecom to Shut Down a Beloved Precursor of the Web,” Davide Castelvecchi, Scientific American blog

“The French Minitel” Jack Kessler, D-Lib Magazine [1995]

Historique du teletexte en France,” France 2 via Wayback Machine

“France Télécom to Bid Adieu to Minitel.” Mac Colchester, Wall Street Journal

“La Nostalgie: Le Minitel,” William V. Madison. Billevesées

“Le Minitel disparaîtra en juin 2012 après 30 ans de services,” Christophe Carmarans, RFI

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