Have you ever wondered how social media began? Where did the idea come from? You may be surprised to learn that it’s been around much longer than sites like Myspace (talk about throwback!) and Facebook.
Today, we’re taking a journey through time to examine the history of social media, as well as its implications as part of modern society. Buckle up, here we go…
Early Communication Methods
Humans by nature are social beings. From the beginning of time, people have strived to find ways to communicate with each other over varying distances.
Let’s take a look at the advancement of early social communication in chronological order:
- Handwritten Letters – The very first way people communicated over long distances was by hand-delivering written letters. According to Small Business Trends, the earliest form of postal service was developed around 550 B.C.
- The Telegraph – Invented in 1792, this system provided a much faster method of delivery than before.
- The Pneumatic Post – Much like drive-through banking, this method utilized underground air tubes to get messages from person to person. It came about in 1865.
- Telephone and Radio – In the late 1800s, technology made long-distance communication faster and more efficient than ever. The ability for immediate interaction was something never before experienced by mankind.
The Age of the Internet
From the invention of the first super computers in the 1940s to the development of the earliest forms of the internet, technology really took off in the twentieth century.
By the 1980s, home computers were becoming increasingly common. And with that phenomenon, social media efforts became more sophisticated.
The first social media site was created in 1997 and was called Six Degrees. Next, blogging began to gain popularity in 1999. And the rest, as they say, is history.
Today’s Social Media
We’ve certainly come a long way since those first social media sites were developed. Today, there are more social platforms than ever, with many of them boasting the ability to be cross-linked. This modern technology allows mankind to be more connected to each other than ever. But it does so much more than that – it boosts the business to customer relationship like we never dreamed possible.
Social media provides an avenue for personalized, casual communication between marketers and consumers, helping consumers to get what they really need and businesses to grow toward success.
Join the Revolution
Is your company on social media? If not, what are you waiting for? Make the most of this opportunity before it becomes just another part of our history.
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