With the phrase "Google it" now so entrenched in our everyday language, we tend to think searching Google is the same as searching the web. But Google is just a search engine, meaning it's a tool that displays the information on the internet based on your specific query. In other words, it's a catalog of the internet.
Social media has become such an important part of our lives that it’s easy to think it has always been there. However, knowing that social media can’t exist without the internet, some simple math should tell us social media can’t be more than 30 years old (the internet started becoming mainstream in the early 1990s).
In 2019, social media is one of the best ways for people to connect with one another. It allows for people to stay in touch across continents and time zones, but also with friends who live just a few houses down. We’re connected today in ways previous generations couldn’t even have dreamed about.
If we had to guess which social media site is the most popular, most of us would correctly pick Facebook. It’s been around as long if not longer than any other site, and it’s become the go-to social media platform for most people around the world.
When social media first burst onto the scene in the early 2000s, it was used only by small groups of people, mostly college students, and there was a lot of skepticism about its future.