One of my main interests surrounding the internet is the advancements in social media and how much we all now rely on it.
My first memory of social media was in 2008, I’d just started secondary school and within months I was begging the mother to allow me to get a Facebook profile because “I was the only one without it,” I wasn’t, but I didn’t want to miss out on the latest craze.
Eight years on and I’m totally engrossed in the concept, and sadly – would find it incredibly hard to live without.
Twitter was created in 2004, when Jack Dorsey tweeted “just setting up my twittr.” I’m sure that when Dorsey sent that tweet out, he had no idea how many people would become obsessed with his idea.
The thing that amazes me the most is the concept of ‘citizen journalism’. This first become apparent in 2009, when user @jkrums tweeted about the US Airways plane crash and broke the news before the traditional media.
Now, users are constantly doing this and it opens the question of whether news sources will have to start competing against ordinary people like us on the social network.