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The Dark Ages
In the early1980s, DecMate, IBM Displaywriter and, later, the Apple IIe were the names to know if you wanted computing power. The first portable computer, a Compaq weighed 40+ pounds and had 56k of memory. DOS was king because Windows had not yet been invented and the Google boys were still in high school
eMail was just a communication tool in 1980, mostly used by governmental, educational and business agencies. Before then, we used teletype machines to use communicate on a worldwide basis. The Internet I knew was reached through Usernets and Bullentin Boards and, later, LINCS. You navigated LINCS by clicking on text links and then following them to the end links.
In the mid-1990s, the first version of Windows was released. It was buggy, crashed more computers than it ran on and led to the infamous “blue screen of death,” with which we are still familiar.
Blogs came to the forefront during the Al Gore/George Bush 1992 and 1996 presidential campaigns. By 2009, Twitters were keeping the story of the student uprising in Iran in the public eye. President Obama formed a grassroots organization that carried him into The Oval Office! Along with blogs came feeds in different formats. Now, we have mobile websites for smart phones. Social media marketing for Twitter, Facebook and hundreds of like sites.
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