Social media is one of those technologies that is continually growing and adapting. But, how has social media changed over the years? What makes it different than other modes of communication? I started using social media back when Facebook started (I was still in college) and now it’s a phenomenon that seems to have taken over everything. It’s always changing, however, and here are some of the changes I’ve seen over the years.

Social Media is More Popular Than Ever

Almost everyone I know uses some form of social media. Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram are the most commonly used ones, but there are others that people sometimes use as well (Google+, for example). With so many different types of social media, all of which are meant for different things, and all used in different ways, it’s not surprising that it has increased in popularity as time has gone on and more people have jumped in to try things out.

Social Media is Simpler to Use

Social media is, if nothing else, simple to use. And it’s so simple that people of all ages and backgrounds are using it. My 75 year old great uncle uses it on a regular basis, and many of my parents’ friends have it as well. It’s really easy to sign up for an account, figure out how it all works and work what it is that you need to do in order to get the most out of the site. There is still a little bit of a learning curve, but it’s definitely nothing like it was when I first started to use it back in the early 2000’s.

There Are Always New Ways to Use Social Media

Social media is always stepping up its game. Whether you want to go live on Instagram or Facebook, you want to share pictures on every site, or do some fun things with friends with games, you can do it via social media. It pulls us closer than ever before, allows us to make friends and lets us have a generally good time with everything that we want to be able to enjoy. It really is interesting to see how it’s been changing and, as time goes on, it’s likely that more new technologies will be added to these websites, too.

Social Media Sites Have to Adapt to our Political Climate

Politics have really taken front stage on social media, from political leaders using social media regularly to people sharing their opinions about how they feel about politics. Social media sites have had to adapt to these changes over time, and will probably continue to adapt.

What have you seen from social media over the years? It’s really been interesting to see how it has changed over the years and how it will continue to change as time goes on. Social media is a big part of our world, and it’s likely that it will continue to be in the future.