What do pubs and Facebook have in common?

Published 2nd Apr 2015
Updated 12 th Sep 2023

Before we "liked" statuses and retweeted 140-character bulletins, the term "social network" didn't really exist – but that doesn't mean that we weren't familiar with the idea.
A whistle-stop tour of pubs and bars venues in Scotland, shown in the embedded clip, showcases the licensed on-trade's contribution to the hum and buzz of Scottish life.
Employing more than 50,000 people and accounting for a quarter of the country's £8 billion hospitality revenue, the licensed on-trade is billed as "the original social network" in the clip.
Does the comparison stack up? Well, drinking in the pub and logging on to Facebook have a few things in common. There's a lot of ranting, certainly, and more than a few outbursts that you might regret later. A Candy Crush Saga invite, however, is a poor substitute for buying someone a pint.

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Ray Philp has been at the Scotsman since 2011. Since then, he has written widely about music in magazines such as Red Bull Music Academy Magazine and Resident Advisor, and was a former editor and regular contributor at The Skinny magazine.
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