By Emmery Willey/ Social Media Editor
Have you ever wondered what made social media an everyday part of our lives? Social media evolved over many years, starting with just one website. And today, everywhere we turn, people of all different countries are connected with one single idea. Social media. Some people say that social media can be dated back since the postal service was used, but most say that it was one website that started the ball rolling. Cortland Willey, a Junior, said, “I believe Facebook was the first active and useful social media page.” Many people think that Facebook was the first social media page. But that’s not right. It was actually Six Degrees.
In 1997, a man named Andrew Weinreich created the first social media website called Six Degrees. He named it after the theory of the ‘six degrees of separation’. The ‘six degrees of separation’ theory is “...the idea that everyone in the world is separated from everyone else by six links.” (abcnews.go.com). It was launched in 1997, but later bought in 2000 to YouthStream Media Networks. (cbsnews.com)
From that day on, the internet exploded. The idea of blogging and instant messaging was very common and many were talking about the future in technology. In 2005, one of the biggest social media websites was launched (historycooperative.org). Facebook. It was created by a simple Harvard student named Mark Zuckerberg. His intention was only to launch it to the Harvard students, but he saw the potential in it and released it worldwide.
Every since Facebook was launched, social media websites such as Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat were created to share, to interact, and most of all to connect. While most people think that social media is only for the hip and cool people, it is used excessively in business and education. “It is a free and quick form of advertising,” said Katia Albayeros, a Sophomore here at CCHS. Many businesses use social media to advertise and promote different things, product, or ideas. It reaches not only nationally, but internationally because social media connects people from all over the world.
With social media booming all over the world, the way that humans communicate has been dramatically altered. We don’t really like to talk face to face, but we rather send a quick text message. Instead of writing out ‘thank you’, we just write ‘thx’. Why? Because we have gotten lazy. Social media is a great thing and it helps with so many aspects, but overall, it has made our generation more lazy and more dependable on technology. One simple website made in 1997 changed and altered future generations. And today, everywhere we look, the impact of social media is in our midsts.
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