There was a time when only a select group of people ever used the Internet. Before then, many people were not even aware of the Internet. The complicated information systems that are at play in modern society were once the stuff of science fiction fantasy. Today, these sorts of highly technical information systems are treated as mundane facts of life. Many people take them for granted to such an extent that the temporary loss of Internet access is treated as a problem that a city must address at once. Information systems dominate modern life, whether we’re fully aware of them or not.

Businesses will use a wide variety of information systems that are specific to their own operations. All businesses will have transaction processing systems of some variety or another. When customers select an order from a business, those are inputs into a broader transaction processing system. Some businesses use better software than others in order to accomplish these sorts of operations, but the definition of a transaction processing system is broad.

However, countless people all over the globe use the massive information processing systems known as social media networks. Many different operations are going on all the time in a massive social media network. As people log in, the number of people that are logged into the system changes in a way that can be demonstrated technically. As people create new accounts, that affects the number of accounts that are registered. Naturally, the large number of connections that people build throughout their personal social media landscapes is also going to change the landscape of the entire network. Social media networks are vast, and they will only become broader with time.