ALL ABOUT COMPUSERVE

CompuServe Inc. started the first consumer-oriented service in 1979. CompuServe catered to business, professional and technical people. These professionals were looking for electronic information and contacts. CompuServe members are college-educated and on the average are in their 40s. Their average annual income is about $77,000. Most own their own businesses. CompuServe now known as CompuServe Interactive or CSi has changed with the times. The system has recently added state-of-the-art features. CompuServe has been recently acquired by AOL, but will still have its own identity and interface. It still will cater to small-business and professional users. CompuServe is great for serious beginners, and advanced computer users. Available in 185 countries.

PARENTAL CONTROL OPTIONS

Parents can customize what kind of information they want to restrict:by default, the first time adult-oriented material is accessed, the user must create a password, answer verification guestions, and enter credit card information.

KIDS' SERVICE

No kids services, but educational forums available.

STRENGTHS

Plenty of content for serious adults, well-orgainized chat rooms and forums, excellent E-mail service, lots of technical support.
WEAKNESSES
Takes up a lot or hard drive space, hybrid "Web" interface is confusing, accessing the Web sometimes cuts connection to service, can't easily configure the Web browser. Return to the main menu