Instant Messaging – The ORIGINAL Social Networking

By Sean Fenlon on September 21, 2009


Seriously.

I give credit to AIM for being the FIRST Social Network as we now have come understand the Internet-based term (perhaps the real credit should go to Ham Radio and CB Radio Operators, but that’s a topic for a separate blog post).

Then there was Windows Live Messenger and Yahoo Messenger.

What did all three of these social networks have in common?

  • Invite Only
  • LIVE
  • Presence Awareness
  • Synchronous
  • Text-based chat progressing over time to multi-media chat

Long before Google Chat, other Social Networks evolved.

  • Classmates.com
  • Friendster
  • Myspace
  • Facebook/LinkedIn
  • Twitter

Personally, I sliced off LIVE Chat as a separate Social Networking application, but it is really the core. Live chat is THE ULTIMATE social.

Thus far, I have used Trillian to combine all IM accounts into one client, but today they have failed. Today, I am a happy customer of Meebo.

On this one, I am NOT biased.

Bravo Meebo.

SPF


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