I’m going to let you in on a well-kept secret: there’s nothing new about “social media.”
Further, most online social sharing still happens outside of social networks. The Internet and the valuable content it distributes, have always been social. From the very first email sent by researchers in Switzerland in 1971, to modern sites like Google+ Local and Pinterest. The purpose of the Internet (every blog, website and virtual gathering place within it) is to let people connect, communicate, and collaborate.
So the concept behind Facebook, LinkedIn, and other social networking tools isn’t new. These sites just give us new, sexy, and easy-to use ways to do what we’ve always wanted to do online — exchange ideas and information. The Internet has always been social, and it always will be. Still not convinced?
Here’s a handy timeline that might dispel any further historical myths about the true nature of the Internet, and where we’re all going with it, together …