My young niece got a great set of books for Christmas – reprints of books from a 1970′s series of books for children called How it works…. My favourite is the book on the Computer as it shows us quite how far we’ve come in such a short period of time. Just take a look at this picture of a ‘Small digital computer designed for the businessman’.
The changes that have happened in technology are striking, we’ve been through a real revolution in my lifetime and continue to do so. Sometimes these bigger, more substantive changes can get lost, hidden behind (albeit useful) debates on whether changes will happen in the way we use Twitter in 2009, and suchlike.
So this week, the recommended reading at FreshNetworks is a great video over at Picol on the History of the Internet. It’s easy to forget the changes that have taken place and how we have moved forward at such a rate since the 1950s. When we talk about social media, online communities or any use that we make of the Internet, it is good to remember how we got where we are. This video is a great reminder.
Some more reading
- The History of the Internet
- Spring Cleaning in Social Media
- Let’s Stop Swooning Over Social Media
- Another example of good use of video in online communities