Social media began…. 2,000 years ago?! [REBLOG]

UnknownIn the spring of 2012, I had the immense privilege of taking Dr. Jerry Kane‘s ISYS: Social Media for Managers course.  One of the assignments for this course includes bi-weekly blogging by the students.  Although I am no longer in the course, I continue to check out the class blog on occasion and I came across this gem by Sydney Getzin.  Although I haven’t read the book Sydney references, I most certainly will now.  Check out her re-blogged blog post below.  It’s a fun read.

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ISYS8621: Digital Transform.

If you had asked me before MI621 when I thought the beginning of social media was I probably would have guessed that it started with MySpace or Xanga. Then in our first class we learned that the reply all button on email was when social media first took place on the internet. But what if social media began before the reply all button? What if it began 2,000 years ago in Rome?

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In his book Writing on the Wall: Social Media the First 2,000 Years, Tom Standage, the digital editor of the Economist, argues that the Romans were actually the first to use social media and that use of social media continued to surface throughout history even without the technological advancements of the internet.

Tom Standage defines social media as media you get from other people that allows you to have a distributed community or discussion. In his…

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