When we speak of social media, we automatically think of services such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Snapchat – which are modern day platforms available in our pockets all day, everyday.
Little do we know that social media goes back to the early years of the 1970’s. During those times, the University of Illnois developed the PLATO System which is an acronym for Programmed Logic for Automatic Teaching Operations.
This service included features such as message boards, online tests, forums, chat rooms and remote screen sharing.
It is known that from the day it was developed, this service survived 4 decades of usage by the same university where it served as an online hub for their students through the years.