With all due respect to my 16-year-old daughter, her generation did not invent social media. They may have been part of the exponential growth of the internet, but they were not the inventors.
In fact, social media is not new – not even close.
Defining a precise time that it came into existence is probably impossible. For instance, when I was growing up my home was on a party line. Many of you probably have no idea what a party line is. A party line is a phone line shared by several homes (these continue to exist in some rural areas, but are becoming increasingly rare) and each house has a different ring so that you know who the call is for.
Party lines share several important characteristics with today’s social media applications: