Watching people talk about their lives on Facebook is normal – everyone does it. We talk about our kids, our friends, our loves and hates. People think that Mark Zuckerburg (or the Winklevosses) came up with that idea. I think Howard Stern invented social media.
I remember listening to Howard Stern every morning during my 75 minute commute each morning back in the late 90’s. He would talk about everything going on in his life and the life of his staff. Nothing was taboo or off limits. He would ask questions of his guests that no other media outlet would dare.
He was “sharing” his life on an unprecedented scale. His marriage failing, his kids, his dating life, his co-workers lives, their answering machine messages… all shared.
Howard Stern was the Twitter stream for about 20 million people every morning.