When most people hear the word “telecommunications,” modern technologies come to mind. Actually though, telecommunication has been around for quite some time, even before electricity was first invented. Long before electricity and modern communication devices, telecommunication was done through more traditional means such as with smoke, flags, drumbeats and may other traditional visual and audio means. Telecommunication is simply any form of communication that is used to communicate with individuals a relatively far distance away. With the technological age we are currently living in, there are actually quite a few different ways to communicate with one another; with even more ways probably soon to follow.Probably one of the first breakthroughs in telecommunications was with the evolution of the telegraph; this was soon followed by the emergence of the very first telephone. The telephone completely revolutionized how we communicate with one another; although the telephone has drastically changed since the very first one was invented. Now there are phones loaded with all sorts of different features such as an LCD screen, call waiting, caller ID and so much more; some phones even operate over the Internet rather than a traditional phone line. Phones that operate using a mere broadband Internet connection are known as VoIP or Voice over Internet Protocol.Now there are so many different ways that one person can keep in touch with one person, multiple persons, or the entire world for that matter. Phones now can operate three way, meaning that three people can talk to each other at the same time; with some phones allowing for conference calls, mostly used by large corporations. Probably one of the biggest changes in telecommunications came with the creation on the Internet. The Internet has allowed for many different new means of telecommunication such as through emails, instant messaging, social networking sites, dating sites, forum boards and so much more. Physical stores have made virtual store websites in which to do business so that they can reach a much larger audience. Internet has basically incorporated into most aspects of everyday life, making everything more convenient.Since mankind first walked this earth, there have been means of communication between one person and another. Whether one person is trying to communicate with another by sending smoke signals or as modern as using social networking sites such as MySpace and Facebook; telecommunications has been around since the beginning and is not going anywhere anytime soon. The ways we communicate with one another are only becoming more and more advanced and it would probably be a good idea to keep up with the advances because they are not going to stop.