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Niels Brügger

In: The SAGE Handbook of Social Media

Chapter 11: Web History and Social Media

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Web History and Social Media
Web history and social media
Niels Brügger
Introduction

Understanding social media as online computer networks that support social interaction, it becomes clear that histories of these media and the Web are closely entangled. On the one hand, online social media predate the Web. Online social activity took place in Newsgroups and Bulletin Board Systems as early as the 1980s, and not only did these pre-Web social media fuel an understanding in the general public of what it meant to ‘be social’ online with people on the other side of the globe, these early forms of online social media also continued to develop on the World Wide Web once it was established, and in this new medium they found their role in the ...

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