And, perhaps unsurprisingly, the chatrooms French people most loved were the sex chatrooms.
They were called Minitel rose – French for “Pink Minitel”.
He’s only using that word – artisan – half-ironically.
You can hear it in his voice – he’s proud of his stint as a night-shift, artisan, animatrice.
But what the Minitel lacked, crucially, was a feature so integral to today’s internet that sometimes we don’t even notice it. So not long after its release – a teenager who was never identified, as the story goes – hacked the Minitel and added a messaging feature. And since they liked it, usage of the Minitel increased. So France Telecom integrated chatrooms into the Minitel’s design.