Advancements in the internet have boomed in recent years. Since its simple introduction to the public, the internet has flown well beyond the handful of websites and the simple email capabilities of the late twentieth century. Now, with hundreds of millions of websites available and growing daily, the Internet is able to connect people to facts, figures, and fun. One of the most notable recent advancements has been the fun connection available on social networking sites. Let’s take a look at past and present social networking advancements, focused on Facebook.
Now the largest social networking site worldwide, Facebook continuously offers users new ways to connect with people past, present and future. The most notable updates have included friend suggestions, privacy settings, chat, private chat, and Friend Finder. In addition, businesses have been welcomed to Facebook through business feed pages in which users may “like” a business but not “friend” the business, ensuring that only the business can write on the news feed. Another advancement worth noting is the combination of cell phone technology with Facebook technology. Smartphone users can now use Facebook applications or the cell phone’s Internet to update status, search friends and even mobile upload photos.
The Future of Facebook and Social Networking
As announced in November 2010, Facebook is launching a messaging service that combines text messaging, emails, status updates, and instant messaging. Using privacy settings, users will be able to update each messaging type to display on Facebook simultaneously or to be kept private. The messaging service is not designed as an email service as some feared, but it will allow users more flexibility in the way they update statuses.
All social networking sites have made huge advances in technology, but no site has embraced technology as successfully as Facebook. With new technology always in mind, Facebook has revolutionized the Internet and user interaction.