[opendtv] Re: Another point of view on walled gardens

  • From: Kon Wilms <konfoo@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: opendtv@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Thu, 4 Feb 2010 15:00:51 -0800

On Thu, Feb 4, 2010 at 2:48 PM, John Shutt <shuttj@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> extension, eCommerce began well before the Worldwide Web began, and it began
> on those "walled gardens" AOL and CompuServe, before there was anything to
> be walled against.

I know you yanks like to believe you invented everything ;), but


It was launched in France in 1982 by the PTT (Poste, Téléphone et
Télécommunications; divided since 1991 between France Télécom and La
Poste). From its early days, users could make online purchases, make
train reservations, check stock prices, search the telephone
directory, and chat in a similar way to that now made possible by the

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