Social media is what has become of old-fashioned email and online chat rooms. Rather than going to separate services like what folks were stuck doing in the 90s, everything is wrapped up in one package. The popularity of Myspace and Facebook set a ball rolling that everyone is now trying to catch.
Anyone who looks at their old email account might notice that simple email services have changed greatly. It is now not only possible to add contacts, but to add friends and create a profile. An instant messenger is built in, so it is no longer strictly necessary to download a separate messenger. Important email services have been purchased by other companies. Hotmail, for example, has been turned into MSN live.
While emails have not entirely replaced Facebook, they certainly mimic many of the available services, even if they are not used quite as extensively for social networking. These businesses feel the need to be competitive, and some of these services, such as embedded messengers and text messaging, are welcome and widely used.
Any person who runs a chatroom or a membership profile for an organization or interest group should incorporate at least a basic social networking system in order to facilitate a vibrant online community. It is what people are now used to, and helps them interact and work together at any rate.Can’t get enough? There’s more: Facebook Messenger app: Merging the lines between email and instant messaging