Facebook and Linkedln may be considered the communication tool that has brought people closer together. Whether it’s for social or professional benefits, social media has changed our lives. According to PhD scholar Sophie Reindeers, personal connections may have had its beginning around 1560 in Europe with alba amicorum, Latin for “friend books.” University students from Netherlands, Germany, and France in the 16th century would gone on academic grand tours around Europe to ‘network.’ Men would have their books signed by the influential people they met like philosophers, artists, scholars, and scientists. Their new contacts would write a brief summary of their meetings and endorsement.
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