The term “Networking” was first used to refer to making human contacts through face-to-face interaction at events such as meetings and conferences. With the invention of the telephone, networking was made possible using technology-assisted interaction tools that did not require the need for face-to-face meetings. In the early 1980's, the term took on a new meaning when computers and modems were used to allow people to interact via email and other text-based conference tools, such as forums and discussion groups.
Networks have two basic components.
- Social Infrastructure (must have) composed of two or more persons engaged in interactions in order to exchange data, information, or knowledge.
- Technical Infrastructure (may have), such as computers, phone lines, and other technologies that allow connectivity.
Today, many modern networks are based on Social Media Tools, such as Twitter and Facebook.
Return to the History of Knowledge
Return to main History page