Among ancient Greeks, social networking meant sharing ideas and knowledge with one another. They believed philosophy was best conducted in a social setting. Socrates himself would share his ideas with anyone who would listen.

From the symposium to the Socratic method, ancient Greeks encouraged conversation not as a catalog of the world, but a way of comprehending it.

ancient Greece
Noun

loosely united civilization founded on and around the Peloponnese peninsula, lasting from about the 8th century BCE to about 200 BCE.

discourse
Noun

conversation or discussion.

philosophy
Noun

the study of the basic principles of knowledge.

social
Adjective

having to do with a community or other group of organized people.

social network
Noun

online community where members share information with each other.

Socratic method
Noun

instructional strategy in which questions are used to elicit an idea, admission, or set of answers.

symposium
Noun

large meeting or conference on a specific subject.