Facebook is the reigning king of the hill. This year, the social networking giant celebrated its first decade. Will it survive its next decade or will become another footnote in Internet history?
Social Media – In the Beginning?
Social media, or the idea of the online community, didn’t start with the current generation. It predated the Internet, if you take into account Bulleting Board Systems (BBS). What Friendster, MySpace, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and all the others did was put a friendly face to the concept.
In the past, the concept of online communities was a geeky, nerdy thing. It was, on one hand, intimidating, almost creepy, and on the other, an object of ridicule.
What social media networks did, in effect, was make to it look and feel cool. Ordinary people found social media networks cool, and brought it out into the open.
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