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Introduction: From Dorm Room to Board Room: The Growth of Social Networks

Introduction: From Dorm Room to Board Room: The Growth of Social Networks

Over the past several years, social networks have become increasingly popular as they made their way into mainstream society, mainly because users have the ability to communicate in both real-time and asynchronously with a wide group of people. It is important to remember that the ability to use the Internet to communicate with a diverse and worldwide audience is not new and cannot be attributed solely to tools such as MySpace, Facebook, and Twitter. Connecting instantaneously with people from all around the world has been available to us since Prodigy decided to allow people to set up user groups around topics that interested them.

This paved the way to the creation of forum boards, user groups, chat rooms, IRC, instant messaging, and eventually, social networks as we know them today.


  

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