Even though social media (a.k.a. social networks) is relatively young, it has already occupied quite a massive part of the Internet. It is really hard to imagine life without social networking today – it has become essential and it has actually made the communication easier. Why call, when you can just send an emoji or a cute kitten video?
But jokes aside, let’s talk business. The history of social media begins long before Mark Zuckerberg’s creation. Classmates.com (which is too old for me to remember) has been created in 1995 and has only been available for those advanced users who had emails. However, in exchange it could give you all of your old friends, classmates and colleagues. The other super hot social network was theGlobe.com – launched as a university chatroom in 1994 and later on expanded into gaming and online store. One of the Facebook’s closest relatives is Friendster (2002) – the online networking service, that allowed to contact people, share online content and media with them and also play games.
As it is seen from the examples above, social networks were made to socialize (what a twist, huh?). Of course, this option of theirs is not gone (yet), but now social networks are something more, than just social networks. You can write, film, take photos, you can create media, you can BE media yourself. Anyone can be media, anyone has an access to it. Anybody can influence the whole world today; not just the chosen ones.
And now I’d like to pass the word on to you, guys. Do you think social networks need development and extra services, or were they alright just the way they were created?