Before the days of social networks, networking strictly involved in-person meetings, telephone calls, and even letters. Our “friends” and supporters were, for the most part, people we knew in person and took the time to develop a relationship with. It’s no secret that social media has changed the way we communicate with one another on a daily basis.
Email communication began in the early ’70s and by the late ’70s, bulletin board systems (BBS) started popping up. On these bulletin boards, people would share information, knowledge, and interact with one another. In the ’80s, players like America Online entered the game, and later, chat rooms became a place where we began frequently talking to strangers.
Finally, social networking evolved into sites like Friendster and MySpace in the early 2000s and since then, so many social networks have become available for our use, it is difficult for the average person to keep up.
People use social networks to fill many purposes — boredom, meeting people, or to promote a product or business. Some people, however, have been able to capitalize on social media in a major way by publicizing a talent and achieving fortune, fame, or both. YouTube’s Fine Bros. are a good example. One of their most popular YouTube videos portrays children reacting to computers from the late ’70s. According to CNBC, their 8.2 million subscribers and over 1.6 billion page views brings them in somewhere between $849,000 and $7.1 million per year.
Could this happen for just anyone?