Did you know that a couple in Israel named their child “Like” after the Facebook feature? Did you know that Twitter was originally called “twttr,” without vowels? Did you know that the good feeling you get from reading about what old friends are up to has a name: “ambient intimacy”?
You probably didn’t know these things, so this article about obscure social media facts, by Mark Jacob and Stephan Benzkofer of the Chicago Tribune, is right up your alley. A choice example:
“Credit a good old Chicago snowstorm for giving social media an early boost. Chicagoan Ward Christensen couldn’t get to work Jan. 27, 1978, after 12 inches of snow blanketed the region, so he called his friend Randy Suess and began working on the first Bulletin Board System, or BBS, which allowed early users to post messages or share computer code — via modem, of course.”
So, instead of watching “The Social Network” again, read the article HERE, and brush up on your social media trivia!