Ward Christensen and Randy Suess revealed their invention of the computerized bulletin board system (CBBS) in Byte magazine in 1978. These simple text exchange systems where based on the notion of the supermarket community notice board and laid the ground for all current forms of blog, forum and social network as well as, ultimately, the Web itself.
...had very few successful opening nights. On its initial showing in Los Angeles in December of 1977 it played to a practically empty house and the movie closed after two months. It received a similar reception in New York in the spring of 1978 and wasn’t properly distributed until 1991, two years after the director’s death. Though critics later warmed to the film, contemporary reviews were either unfavourable or non-existent. Variety wrote at the time: “Cassavetes’ highly personal work will please his coterie of enthusiasts, but for general audiences it will be viewed as shrill, puzzling, depressing and overlong.”