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The History Of Online Social Media


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The History Of Online Social Media

Author : Kayla Olsen

Submitted : 2014-01-07 13:28:47    Word Count : 489    Popularity:   Not Rated

Tags:   history, online social media, internet, social media, discussion boards

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The history of online social media is relatively recent. Evolving from the first internet connection, to electronic mail, to intranet user communities to today's internet sites and applications for sharing and social discussion of seemingly endless information. What we take for granted, today, in terms of our virtual connectivity is quite advanced and diverse, compared to its humble beginnings. Now, we use multimedia to communicate via e-mail, blogs, micro-blogs, discussion forums and discussion boards, wikis, newsfeeds, image and video sharing, and social media sites.

The first commercial internet service provider (ISP) was CompuServe, using dial-up connections through the mid1990's. Universities in North Carolina created an earlier bulletin board in 1979. In '85 AOL service opened, offering a bit more flexibility of internet connection and social media to the public. An engineer by the name of Tim Berners-Lee, from Britain, began working on the world wide web at CERN. Students and young adults were socially connected via a service called Tripod in 1992, and the year later, CERN released the WWW to the world. It wasn't until 1994 when the cyber social explosion began, with communities like Geocities and services Earthlink became popular. After that, development skyrocketed, each year. Blogging, instant messaging and online course management started soon after in 1997, followed by the Google wave. Then, the year 2000 hit, when the infamous dot.com bubble burst, but, as ever, social media stayed strong.

In more recent social media history, development has not only focused on the new virtual platforms for connecting, but also the devices used to access those platforms. Today, we see the new passion with which we connect to our online social media on smartphones, tablets and computers. It has become and integral part of our lives. Social media has been the reason people are connected to the internet for longer. Productivity has also improved, in most cases, connecting people in not only social networks, but professional networks as well. Sharing ideas at the home and office gives us new avenues for innovation and creativity. Online discussion forums, live commentary and debates are available for us to reference and contribute to for a more interconnected global awareness (and beyond). Such resources allow even astronauts from the International Space Station to tweet from space!

Privacy concerns seem to be the main issues in current social media history. Hackers are happy to target the monoliths of online social media to not only collect personal information about millions of users, but also to blatantly point out that penetrating these fortresses of our daily social life can be done. It is because of this threat, and the demand for newer and more creative ways to interact, that social media will continue to evolve. Considering how rapidly it has done so in the past twenty years, what is yet to come has great potential! How simple today's social media may seem, even ten years from now.

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Kayla Olsen is a freelance writer and proud survivor of online social media history, since its dawn.She now keeps social on new-age sites such as http://www.tawkers.com

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