I enjoyed the lecture regarding the internet and its history. It’s always fascinating to see how much something so significant in society has evolved. One of the most interesting facts to me was the start of mobile internet and applications, which, of course you all know got its big official break along with the launch of the first iPhone in 2007.
I often wonder if we would still be using Microsoft Messenger to communicate (asides from calls and text messages) if clever messenger apps such as WhatsApp and Viber hadn’t been invented. It doesn’t actually seem like it’s been a long time since I was often sent to the corner shop for international phone cards so my parents could contact relatives across the globe. The difference between WhatsApp and Viber is that Viber allows you to make calls to anyone in almost any country via data/Wi-Fi (there may be some charges).
I thought I would leave a link to an interesting article I found regarding Viber’s plan to make a new platform away from ‘traditional social media’. I think it goes to show how the internet has opened up many opportunities to explore different areas of communication.