This is the third post in a new blog series inspired by Peter Drucker’s book Innovation and Entrepreneurship. To see the previous post, please click here.
I remember I was sitting in a stuffy Ball State dorm room with some friends at journalism camp when I first set up my Facebook account. They were a group of people from all over the country, and we stayed in touch for the next year or so, sending messages about our various high school friends and plans for college. One of the girls even became my roommate. We wrote on each other’s wall every day like pen pals, and became true friends because of that opportunity to interact online.
What’s great about Facebook is that it has evolved so much since it started in 2004 in a different dorm room at Harvard University. Facebook was founded on the values of exclusivity, being able to read things you wouldn’t otherwise know, and seeing it practically in real time. That’s similar to how it is now – except everybody uses it, from your mom to your grandma to the nice lady who organizes the church bulletin. But they’re all seeing your life unfold in real time, in such a way that they wouldn’t have experienced otherwise.
In 2008, I adopted Facebook, and ditched Myspace, which I remember felt jumbled and cluttered, and none of my friends were using it anymore. I had tried Xanga before that, and I remember I "subscribed" to a few of my friends’ pages, people I had met at a different summer camp and only saw once a year. But as teenagers, our interests change and so do our social media habits.