Social media refers to a variety of Internet sites and mobile applications that enable users to socialize with friends, share their interests, and connect with other people. This interaction is usually achieved through social networking sites and applications for mobile devices. Although many think social networking is a recent phenomenon, people have been using the Internet to connect with others and create networks of friends and colleagues since the 1970s.
Social media began in 1978 with the development of the first bulletin board system, or BBS, which let users post public messages to various boards designated for specific topics or interests. Inventors Ward Christensen and Randy Suess were in Chicago, Illinois, during a blizzard, could not get out, and wanted...Read more