It was, in effect, a breeding ground for pocket-protector-wearing societal rejects, or nerds. Yet it also was during this time, and with a parade of purportedly antisocial geeks at the helm, that the very gregarious notion of social networking would take its first steps towards becoming the omnipresent cultural phenomenon we know and love in 2014. Short for Bulletin Board System, these online meeting places were effectively independently-produced hunks of code that allowed users to communicate with a central system where they could download files or games (many times including pirated software) and post messages to other users.
Accessed over telephone lines via a modem, BBSes were often run by hobbyists who carefully nurtured the social aspects and interest-specific nature of their projects – which, more often than not in those early days of computers, was technology-related.
I’m sure the majority of the female population on Linked In can relate to what I am about to write! By the standards of our botoxed, fake-boobied western-world, I am probably average at best. I definitely need a new one and have vowed to get more photos this summer!
If I were single, Linked In would be a pretty decent breeding ground in which to prowl for a potential new suitor (sarcasm).
In good humour I thought I’d share a small selection of my favourites to date: 1.
However, I draw a line at pictures of your entire family. There are times when it is offensive to me, that a person’s skills and commercial capabilities are overlooked in such an overt way.
There appears to be widespread, under-appreciation for professional content on Linked In.
I consistently select a silly face, or choose to throw my mouth WIDE open (I don’t know why) in the majority of photo’s stored on my phone.
I definitely don’t have enough pictures taken of myself to have a decent choice in any case.
Now that I’m older, I realise that that was all a load of crap. They were just early developers who were mean and pretty.
With a fair idea on how to apply makeup and wear push-up bras.
Granted, computer networking was initially envisioned in the heyday of The Beatles as a military-centric command and control scheme.
But as it expanded beyond just a privileged few hubs and nodes, so too did the idea that connected computers might also make a great forum for discussing mutual topics of interest, and perhaps even meeting or renewing acquaintances with other humans. Related: Mullets reigned supreme in the late ‘70s and early ‘80s; computers were a far rarer commodity.
But it also offered something few had ever experienced – true interaction.