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P. MichaelsSoftware Architecture by Examplehttps://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4842-7990-8_4

4. The Social Media Problem

Paul Michaels1  
Derbyshire, UK

Social media has been around for longer than you might think. While still at school and long before anyone had even heard the term “Facebook” (linked to a website), I used to run a Bulletin Board System (or BBS) . People would dial in to our house phone number, and they could access features in this system, which included such things as a “wall” – a term that is now familiar to anyone using Facebook and with a very similar idea. There was also a messaging network that allowed communication across other BBS, known as FidoNet (still running to this date).

While the BBS world was fun ...

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