Social and professional network dating meeting
It was at least partly responsible for the adoption of avatars, abbreviations (LOL, BRB) and emoticons. Dating sites are sometimes considered the first social networks.
There are sites to share photos, videos, status updates, sites for meeting new people and sites to connect with old friends.
Compu Serve was the first company to incorporate a chat program into their service.
Prodigy was responsible for making online service more affordable (Compu Serve had been prohibitively expensive for many, with charges of /hour plug long-distance fees that often made the service run /hour or more).
Social media has become an integral part of modern society.
There are general social networks with user bases larger than the population of most countries.