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Google BBS lets you search today's web from yesterday's interface

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Google BBS is a text-based front-end to Google's search engine, allowing you to search the web as if you're dialing into a BBS in the 1980s.

Google BBS
Google BBS

The easy access and convenience of the modern web is an essential part of our daily routines, but sometimes you just need the warm glow of a CRT coupled with the screech and cry of a dial-up modem. Fortunately, you can have the best of both worlds with Google BBS, a project from designer and developer Norbert Landsteiner. Inspired by a video from, Google BBS is an actual working front-end to Google's search engine, rendered in the style of a 1980s bulletin board — complete with an ASCII art splash page. The API Landsteiner is taking advantage of does seem to tip over its allotted threshold from time to time, so if you can't execute a search right away, take a look at the original inspiration below.