We have all heard or read about “The Golden Age of _______.” We usually refer to the term golden age when we witness a significant progress: the first fifth of the life of a human being (Greek mythology) or usually the best period of the development, also prosperity, of a product, idea or humanity as a whole.
I think that the first decade of the 21st century (2000-2010) should be named the Golden Decade of Information Technology. For the time being, numerous social networking websites have been created. They mainly serve as a means of finding a friend you haven’t seen for a long time, even finding out more information about them such as what their hobbies are or what they do for a living. These websites are also a great way of finding out more about a certain cause or product, and getting news updates from a specific organization.
Communication is not an issue either. Personal messages, statuses, writing on a friend’s profile (their wall), and publishing your own video have been unthought of so far.
And last but never least, these websites have somewhat facilitated the process of finding a job and creating a popular blog. Here’s a list of some of the most popular social networking websites:
LinkedIn: founded in 2002, this website is a fantastic way of looking for a job. More than 90 million users currently use LinkedIn.
WordPress: founded in 2003. This is arguably the best blog publishing application in the net. Some websites use it too.
Facebook: founded in 2004. Facebook became the most popular social networking website with its 600 million users so far, according to Goldman Sachs.
My Space: founded in 2003. Even though this website has the same concept as Facebook and was founded earlier, it has merely 37 million users, according to Google.
Youtube: founded in 2005. This is arguably the most popular video website. Every organization serious about spreading its message through videos on the Internet uses Youtube, which had been bought by Google for $1.65 billion in 2006.
Twitter: founded in 2006. Twitter has become popular especially after the clashes between the Iranian people and the government in July 2009 when President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad won re-election, results much questioned by his main opponent Mir-Hossein Moussavi, the majority of the Iranian people and the western world. Hundreads of Iranians tweeted what had been happening during these clashes, and the mainstream media referred to these tweets. Every tweet contains 140 characters. Links might be included in the tweets regardless of their length if they are shared in a direct message.
Similar to the aforementioned websites, but less popular, are Delicious (2003), Digg (2004), Flickr (2004), Reddit (2005), StumbleUpon (2001), TweetDeck (2008) and others. Some of them (Flickr, Reddit and Delicious) might be for commercial use but the point is that they were all launched throughout the first decade of the 21st century.
Before the 21st century hardly anyone had thought that social networking would become as popular as it is today. In fact, the term social networking itself had largely been unheard of. And now information could be spread all over the world at the fastest rate ever by literally one click of the mouse.
I believe that in 10-20 years the first decade of the 21st century will be labeled The Golden Decate of Information Technology or something along those lines. Time will tell whether I am right.