Did you know…?
In 1978 authors Roxanne Hiltz and Murray Toroff envisioned a future in which computer-mediated communication (CMC) would have a major effect on people’s every day lives. Their book,”The Network Nation”, is published by MIT Press in Cambridge, MA. It has been updated and revised since its original printing and is now considered a classic book in the field of CMC.
In 1992 the World Wide Web was officially launched to the public. (Can you believe that the Web is only 20 years old?!)
In 1997 SixDegrees was established as the first social networking site that most resembles the sites we use today, but users were skeptical and reluctant to interact with strangers. The company was sold in 2000 and today many people believe that the original company was too ahead of its time.
LinkedIn was created in 2002 and publicly launched in 2003 (before Facebook!)
In 2004 Facebook was launched.
Two years later, in 2006, Twitter was launched.
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Sarah Elaine Eaton is a faculty member in the Werklund School of Education, University of Calgary, Canada.