There has to be a starting point for social media in my new book, Pioneers of Social Media.
But Cluetrain did not just erupt from nowhere like some volcano that shoots lava from under the ocean to form a land mass. It was a steady evolution, a confluence of significant technologies and users who met on the Internet to do things that hadn’t been done before. But they were using technology that was not yet ready to accommodate huge masses that Facebook and Twitter handle.
A few that I plan to talk about:
- Usenet Forums
- User Groups and email lists, particularly DaveNet
- Habitat, [game cover at l] which introduced avatars
- The Well and The Virtual Community
- Open Source and Linux [r]
- Web 2.0
There could be a full book written on what caused social media. I hope someone does write that book–but that is not this book. I just want to briefly touch on what happened before a mass movement that wouldbecome social media was formed. I’m looking for the major events and of course a few really good stories.
Can you help?
Please leave a comment here or email me at ShelIsrael1@gmail.com. You can also tweet your idea, but please use the tag #PoSM so I can find you post when I need it.