The Social Network
Mark Zuckerberg single-handed changed the world. The scene above, from The Social Network, exemplifies the empire Facebook was (is) a whole. In this post, my goal is to examine the means in which Facebook, and furthermore Mark Zuckerberg, created a legendary era of social networking.
The era of social networks indeed began with Myspace, back in the early 2000's. Myspace was the cool thing to do, and if you were a teenager who didn't have one, you weren't with the program. Myspace was a peasant of Zuckerberg's Facebook.
Facebook had (has) every idea possible about social networking. It perfected Myspace, and drove Myspace into the ground. I remember I was reluctant to get a Facebook when it first came out because I was so attached to Myspace. After finally giving in, after most of my friends already signed up for Facebook, my Myspace was deleted within a couple weeks. Facebook had it all, the perfect way to communicate with friends online. The most important shift in our society during this time period was when everything started to become mobile, and Facebook helped lead that transition.
Facebook is still a business empire today. Though it's not as popular for the teen generation, it has become more significant for businesses to promote and for families to stay in touch. From my perspective it's not "cool" anymore, but to others it remains a lifestyle. Its one of the largest websites in the world today, and has been over the last decade or so. It has been the Godfather of all other social networks today, like Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, Vine, and even apps like Tinder. Each one of those sub-networks has taken a major idea from Facebook and just enhanced it. People like each one of those sites because they are all different, but all are relative to Facebook,
Who knows where Facebook will be ten more years from now, but nonetheless, it has paved the way for infinite possibilities of social-networking and business ideas.