8.9 C
Houston
Sunday, January 17, 2021

Meet The World’s First Social Media Network

The Internet is one of the most important landmarks in human history, creating a before and after in modern civilization. Email, web pages, discussion forums, etc. have generated a new form of communication that has transformed the world into a global village.

Social media is another great invention, which is now fundamental to the modern way of life. It enables communication between people, almost immediately, wherever a person may be.

How and when did social media start?

As the Cold War was starting in 1947, so did the internet. The ideological confrontation between the two world’s superpowers, the U.S. and the USSR, led to significant technological advances, such as the Advanced Research Projects Agency (ARPA, later DARPA), created in America in 1958, which established the pillars of the internet a decade later.

Its network, ARPANET, allowed the exchange of information between different institutions. Over the ensuing years, various users from different parts of the world began to contact each other through email and, in 1971, through Project Guttenberg, to share books.

Twenty years later, the World Wide Web, better known as “www,” became public, and the Internet started to become part of daily life.

Connecting with all your friends is in the palm of your hand. *** La conexión con todos los amigos está en la palma de la mano. (Sara Kurfess/Unsplash)

SixDegrees.com emerged in 1997. Many consider it the first social media network in the world. Even with the technological advances of the time, there were no elements that allowed socialization between its users, aside from online chatting or exchanging emails.

“Our goal is to build a community, to light a beacon. This is an online service that people can use to make their lives more efficient,” said SixDegrees creator Andrew Weinreich on the release day of his digital invention. “But just like buying an address book, if you do not add new names to it, it is useless.”

SixDegrees was the first network that located members within it to make friends lists, based on the Six Degrees of Separation Theory. The theory affirms that all people in the world are, on average, six or fewer relationships away from one another.

“This social media is very particular,” said Christopher Bustamente, a Mexican engineer specializing in computer systems. “At least outside the United States, nobody knew practically anything about it, yet the pandemic we are living through allows for nostalgic memories that have allowed SixDegrees to return to our minds.”

The application linked people with “acquaintances of acquaintances.” Some consider it the foundation that paved the way for Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Instagram and Tik Tok. Although it was not a commercial success (it closed in 2001), it undeniably fostered a globalized world with new opportunities. The modern panorama of social media would not exist without SixDegrees.

“Nowadays, we all want to know its history: where it came from and why did it disappear,” said Bustamente. “Ironically, in the newer social media networks, people are talking about it.” 

(Translated and edited by Mario Vázquez. Edited by Fern Siegel)

 

Source link

#Meet #Worlds #Social #Media #Network

Latest news

This motor court is still in session

MANNS CHOICE, Pennsylvania — There is a little burst of wonder that road travelers...

The Gray Curtain Descends, Part 2

Authored by Robert Gore via Straight Line LogicRead Part 1 here...It's secession or war...Four days after the election, a woman calling herself OHMama posted...

Virginia Man Arrested at DC Checkpoint With Unregistered Firearm, Says It Was ‘Honest Mistake’

The U.S. Capitol Police (USCP) on Saturday announced that it had arrested a man at an inaugural security checkpoint the day before, who had...

2020 Saw Unprecedented Murder Spike In Major U.S. Cities

In late December the Associated Press reported that 2020 was on track to become the deadliest year in U.S. history with the total number of deaths...

Related news

The Gray Curtain Descends, Part 2

Authored by Robert Gore via Straight Line LogicRead Part 1 here...It's secession or war...Four days after the election, a woman calling herself OHMama posted...

Virginia Man Arrested at DC Checkpoint With Unregistered Firearm, Says It Was ‘Honest Mistake’

The U.S. Capitol Police (USCP) on Saturday announced that it had arrested a man at an inaugural security checkpoint the day before, who had...

2020 Saw Unprecedented Murder Spike In Major U.S. Cities

In late December the Associated Press reported that 2020 was on track to become the deadliest year in U.S. history with the total number of deaths...

Leaked Zoom Call Shows US Federal Employees Conspiring to Sabotage the Trump Administration (VIDEO)

The Deep State runs deep. A leaked Zoom call has surfaced online showing a number of US Government officials discussing how to sabotage the Trump...

What’s The True Agenda Behind The Movement To Abolish The Electoral College?

Authored by Trent England via InsideSources.com,One of Georgia’s 16 presidential electors cast her Electoral College vote for Joe Biden but says, if she had...

Biden To ‘Immediately’ Send Congress Bill That Would Offer Citizenship To 11 Million Illegals

President-elect Joe Biden will 'immediately' send a legislative package to Congress which would provide a pathway to citizenship for some 11 million illegal immigrants,...

Washington Highly Militarized Ahead of Biden’s Inauguration

Fences with spiraling barbed wires, barricades, security checkpoints, and heavily armed guards are what you would expect in a military encampment for a warzone,...

An OrWELLSian Purge? Why H.G. Wells’ “The Shape Of Things To Come” Has Arrived Today

Authored by Cynthia Chung via The Strategic Culture Foundation,It is no coincidence that our entertainment industry today, so heavily saturated with the influence of...