When it started, members at bulletin board got to use this service free of charge. Of course, that soon came to an end when bulletin board started charging a fee to use this system. You may be saying, “Other online dating sites charge a fee, why was this so much different?” The answer is simple, bulletin board is not an online dating site. Sure some of the members at bulletin board where using it like that, but overall that was not why it was made. Bulletin board works much like a forum than a dating site, and as we all know, most forums are free. It makes if very hard to keep a service up and running when other people are offering it for free. At that point in time, most used this system as a hobby. When they started charging a fee, it became an expensive hobby. Had they kept if free, it may have been able to stand up against the forums of today. Had that been the case, I still do not think that many people would use bulletin board as a way for online dating. I feel this way because forums work much the same way as bulletin boards and not that many people use forums in that fashion.
The people who started out at bulletin board have moved on to find other forums. It would be very hard to find online bulletin boards now (because most people just refer to them as online forums). If you are looking to getting back into this long forgot form of communication, then you are a little to late. What little bulletin boards remained died out with the end of the 90's. If you are lucky you may still find one floating out there, but I would not hold my breath. If you are looking to get into online dating I would try matchmaking sites. Those places offer the tools you need to find the perfect person for you, and best of all they have them all put together on one site. However, we will never forget the social phenomenon that was bulletin board, for it open the door to online forums and possibly online dating. Never forget your roots. As the internet grows it changes and if sites do not change with them, they get left behind. That is okay, because that opens the door for better, more improved sites.