Good morning to everyone in this room. I would like to thank the principal, the teachers, and my dear friends for allowing me to speak to you today about social networking. The most precise definition of social networking is the interaction of people who have similar interests online using a platform specifically designed for this purpose.
Although this notion has only recently come into existence, the fundamental concept has existed for much longer. The act of assembling at a village market to exchange news or discuss happenings might be seen as the forerunner to offline networking. The restrictions back then were clear; communication technology was virtually nonexistent, and most people could not afford to fly halfway around the world.
Social networking began to take off in the 1950s, thanks to the introduction of personal computers. The very earliest version of the internet, known as ARPANET, was not available to the general public. In the 1990s, websites like Geocities, Tripod.com, and Theglobe.com became the first social networking platforms on the internet.
Early in the new millennium, newer generations of social networking websites started to appear, with Orkut being the most well-known. One of the first social networking sites to take up in India before Facebook came along was Orkut. Although many of the features on websites like Linkedin are used by traditional social networking sites, they are employment-focused.
Social networking is an important part of contemporary life, but when used improperly, it may lead to issues concerning privacy and safety as well as cyberbullying, which can have terrible effects on the morale of those who are targeted. Thank you.