I probably started participating in social media as early as 1994, when I had an AOL account. While I joined several discussion groups, though, I definitely wouldn’t have defined it as “social media” at the time.
In truth, my first memory of participating in social media was in 2003, when I signed up for Friendster. I honestly remember thinking, “this seems interesting, but I’m not sure what the hell they want me to do?” I waited weeks, I think, for people to connect with me, and it seemed pretty pointless. Then my pal Julianne Will sent me a friend request and it all started to make sense…until I said, “but why wouldn’t I just email her?”
Ten-ish years later, and it’s starting to come together. How about you? What’s your first memory of social media? How have things changed since you first joined a social media site?