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Even the most remote areas of the world have at least heard of Facebook and Twitter, and are probably using them on a regular basis. Social media, in its present form, has been around a relatively short term and even though you probably can’t imagine living without it now, except for the last few decades, everyone did.

Of course, how you define social media can determine where you actually start the history of the medium.

The first social media site that everyone can agree actually was social media was a website called Six Degrees.

It was named after the ‘six degrees of separation’ theory and lasted from 1997 to 2001.

Six Degrees allowed users to create a profile and then friend other users.

Six Degrees even allowed those who didn’t register as users to confirm friendships and connected quite a few people this way.

From Six Degrees, the internet moved into the era of blogging and instant messaging.

Although blogging may not seem like social media precisely, the term fits because people were suddenly able to communicate with a blog other instantly as well as other readers.The term “blog” is a form of the phrase “Weblog” which was coined by Jorn Barger, an early blogger that was the editor of the site “Robot Wisdom.” From there, ICQ was born and most members of Generation X remember ICQ and the service that was created shortly thereafter, America Online, with AOL’s instant messenger especially prominent in the social media lineup.By the year 2000, around 100 million people had access to the internet, and it became quite common for people to be engaged socially online.Of course, then it was looked at as an odd hobby at best.Still, more and more people began to utilize chat rooms for making friends, dating and discussing topics that they wanted to talk about.But the huge boom of social media was still to come.Although the younger generation of today might not know about it, back in the early 2000’s the website My Space was the popular place to set up a profile and make friends.My Space was the original social media profile website, leading into and inspiring websites like Facebook.But even though My Space has a very small user base today compared to Facebook and Twitter, there are musicians who have used My Space to promote their music and even be heard by record producers and other artists. Another website that was one of the beginning social media websites was Linked In, still a social media website today, geared specifically towards professionals who want to network with each other.In fact, most of the social media websites we have today are similar to Linked In, in that they are specifically about one particular thing, or they have some kind of unique quality that has made them popular.While My Space was a general social media site, Linked In was, and is still is, meant for professional businesspeople to connect with each other to network, find jobs and socialize.

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