The history of social network communication can be traced back to the periods when people made friends in the past few years through the making of pen pals whereby these people would maintain long term and long-distance relationships without actually having seen each other.
The recent developments in the online social network domain have created more room for the development of the capacity to communicate more easily with families and friends in far off distances and in different geographical locations on the earth’s surface. Despite all seeming advantages that have come with the use of social networks, recent researches in the domain show that the system has had negative challenges alongside the positive effects on the way people interact and relate with each other. .
On a positive note, the network domain has made communication between various people in different regions of the world more effective and efficient. This has been made possible by the use of emails where people can send and receive mails online, besides, the mails can be sent using either a computer connected to the internet or just an intranet, mobile telephones, fax machines among others. Compared to the past, the use of internet sources to communicate among various people around the world has proved to be cheaper and reliable. It takes less than a minute to send an email, a short text on the phone or to fax somebody who is very far away from the other.
Beer argues that in the olden days before the invention of networking, sending and receiving simple messages was a rather hard task to complete especially when the distances involved were great. The messengers would take a number of days or even months to reach their destinations a factor that could lead to the loss or distortion of the messages before they reached the intended recipients. This problem has been solved by the oncoming of the networking process.