Writer: Jayson White
|What would the world be like without social networking?|
Megan Holt: it wud b lyk a world without Lady Gaga! Hahaha
Jared Ethan Blake: I think ther’d b mor pregnancies! Hahaha
Wafieka Isaacs: I think ppl wud spend mor tym 2getha. I havnt seen my best friend in mnths. Social networkin has becum lyk a substitute 4 da real thing. I think dats wot communication is becomin.
Megan Bester: I actually can’t rememba wot life was lyk wthout it. Hw r u going 2 conect with yor friends n family who liv far away if we didn’t hav it? Bt I get very frustrated wen ppl r on ther phones wen we’r in each othaz company. It shows dat u not really interestd in wot I hav 2 say.
Taryn Hess: Da world wudnt b cold. It wud b friendlier, warmer, mor lovin, becoz of da human interaction aspect. Relationships can’t really b built online, if you want a real relationship do it face-to-face.
The history of social networking
1971: The first e-mail is sent. The two computers were sitting RIGHT NEXT TO EACH OTHER.
1978: BBS (Bulletin Board System) exchanged data over phone lines.
1994: One of the web’s first networking sites, GEOCITIES, is founded. Users could create their own websites, categorised by one of SIX ‘CITIES’ known for certain characteristics (Hollywood, Wall Street etc.)
1997: SIXDEGREES.com launches allowing PROFILE CREATION and LISTING FRIENDS.
2002: FRIENDSTER is launched, connecting REAL-WORLD FRIENDS. Its user-base reached 3 million users in the FIRST THREE MONTHS
2003: MXit is launched. With 1 in 3 South African youth signed up today.
2004: FACEBOOK is launched! Currently, with 500 million users worldwide, 22.1 million of those are from Africa.
2006: TWITTER is lauched!