Remember the wild, early days of communicating online? Email and chat rooms were all the rage……mostly because words were our online options. Images took FOREVER to load, and it was easier to just type our thoughts either with words, or cleverly crafted symbol emojis.
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Times have changed. The internet has changed. Most importantly, WE have changed. In the early 2000s, selfies and pictures became THE way to show who you were. Cameras were on every phone, digital cameras were affordable for the masses, and internet speeds made sharing pics a breeze. With the introduction of sites like Pinterest and Instagram in 2010, we became a visual online society. The written word was only as good as the images accompanying it.
In the last five years, we’ve seen another big swing in the visual content world; VIDEO. Though it’s been around since 2005 (and owned by Google since 2006), it’s only been in the last several years that YouTube has become a force to be reckoned with. Early adopters have become major players and influencers, amassing huge followings and making millions of dollars. Technology has made it easier and easier to vlog and upload our daily lives, create our own content, and share it with the world.