With the invention of personal computers in the seventies, people began storing contact information electronically using increasingly sophisticated software programs, such as Act!
Online Networking Emerges
Online social and business networking as we know it emerged in March 2003 when Friendster went live. I became a member of Ryze, my first business networking site, in November of that year. At age 51, I had become an early adopter of online social and business networking.
During the past seven years, countless social and business networking sites have appeared. In November ‘07, I started Online Social Networking in order to blog about effective use of these networking sites, which had already become part of the newer larger social media space.
Social and business networking sites are here to stay. The largest of the networking sites, Facebook, already boasts about half a billion users.
Social and Business Networking Changing
Although all savvy online networkers strive to take their online relationships offline, off- and online networking integration has recently become a major phenomenon with location- based social media, such as Foursquare, and offline networking sites, such as Meetup, gaining every day in popularity.
I predict that mobile technology and mixed off- and online networking will dominate the social space for years to come and enrich it in exciting ways.
I’m creating my own niche at the intersection of off- and online business networking, and I hope to be able to tell you about it soon.
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