I used BBSes all through the mid-to-late 80s, but when I sat down at the Internet for the first time in 1993, I just knew the game was up.
Sure FIDONET allowed you to send e-mail and discussion postings all around North America for free, if you were willing to wait for the messages to get there.
But the Internet was so vast and all the servers were up and just waiting for you to access them.
Maw Bell charged me too much for long distance, so I never got to use an anime BBS. There were none of those in my neighborhood. I just played TradeWars 9001 instead.