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The days before social networks…..

It’s 1991.  My dad has just brought my new PC home.  It’s a Packard Bell Multi-Media PC.  A 486 DX2 running at 50Mhz with 4MB of RAM and a 8x CD drive!  It’s huge and the 15″ monitor has speakers attached to it!  Wow!  Compared to the stuff we use school (Acorn BBC!), this is one seriously fast machine!  Windows 3.11 is on it, but not to worry, a friend has given me Windows 95 saved onto 42 floppy disks… I’ll install that, then we’ll get the 9600kpbs modem hooked up and we’ll surf the information superhighway!  Not that I knew what I was looking for you understand……

Lets move forward a few years…. it’s now 2010 and we’re living in a world crammed with so much technology, it’s unreal!   Super fast computers, slim laptops, touch screen smart phones, internet cafes, Wi-Fi connections to our devices whilst we eat….  no matter what we use, we all have the ability to communicate with one another with tremendous ease.

Does anybody actually write a letter anymore?  I can’t even remember the last time I put pen to paper!   These days I use e-mail for nearly all of my commnication.  Even if I can save speaking to someone on the telephone, I’ll prefer to write an e-mail! 

If I can use other means, then I will.  And by other means, I’m talking about sites such as  Twitter, Facebook and the other social networking sites that have literally changed how we communicate on a daily basis. 

Before the days of broadband, we had dial-up.  If you had a modem that could connect to the ‘Information Superhighway’ at 14.4k you were up there with the best!  Bulletin boards were all over the place, with people adding new posts daily for people to read.  AOL operated chat rooms where people could use microphones to talk to one another…  seriously, that was awesome stuff!   The social network trend had begun!

In the late 90’s, as broadband started to become more mainstream, people were signing up to companies who could offer the fastest connection, amazed that they could download a game in just a few minutes compared with having to let it run overnight!

Blogging sites popped up overnight, Vlogging added itself to the trend and sites such as YouTube, EBay and Google began to take over with millions of hits to each site every day.  People could communicate with the world and share their stories whilst having a coffee in the kitchen!

Now, it’s sites such as Google, Twitter and Facebook that dominate the world wide web.  With Facebook now with a reported 450 million users worldwide, Tweeters sending 50 million tweets per day and Google offering up-to-date live search, social networking has seriously evolved.  

There’s so much choice now…  which social network site is the best?  Do you have a favourite?

And, the big question is…. can you remember what you used to do before you created your Twitter/Facebook accounts??  How often do you logon to check people’s statuses and the trending topics?

We could all say that it’s taken over our lives just a little bit…  but maybe that’s how things are meant to be from now on. 

I wonder what’s over the horizon.  Maybe everyone will stop using Twitter and Facebook and just meet for a coffee, instead of using their keyboards! 

Who knows!

@jaybranch

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