This is some really cool software!!! It's like creating animated GIF's but with any photo and has better features! Check out the "Getting Started With Photo Mirage" video for an intro.
Newsgroups is what started it all off. These were the first forums around. They were not pretty to look at but they got the job done. These go as far back as the 70's. Yup, forums have been around a very long time. Most of them at the start were not for the public but for corporations and such and were held on an intranet, not the internet.