Throughout history social networking has been practiced at religious institutions, business associations, conventions, membership clubs and yes, pubs.
The ancient Babylonian Talmud describes the Great Synagogue of Alexandria which was destroyed during the reign of the Roman Emperor Trajan roughly 1900 years ago. This synagogue was one of the most magnificent edifices ever built.
When a poor person entered, he would recognize masters of his trade, and he would turn to them. That is how he would support himself and his family.
The Babylonian Talmud itself appears to be an early example of social media. It was compiled with source material, interpretations and arguments from notable scholars living in different places and in different periods of time.
I wouldn’t be surprised to discover plenty of additional examples from other religions and cultures.
Coming back to the present, all of us are familiar with social networking at parties, the work place or business mixers. Aren’t we?
How about public bulletin boards? They’re a common form of social media. People tack up or tape notices on them.
Letters to the editor turn pages of newspapers and magazines into social media.
What is new is Web 2.0, social networking sites and other social media sites. The advent of online social networking and online social media has revolutionized social networking, social marketing and publishing.
Online social networking and social media are global. They’re instantaneous. The “paper” and “postage” are essentially free. The “playing field” is level.
Now that’s real freedom of speech.
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