Social Media History: A Chronology
- 1969. 1st Commercial Online Service by CompuServe.
- 1971. First Email.
- 1978. BBS Bulletin Board Systems.
- 1979. NewsGroups.
- 1989. World Wide Web Introduced.
-1994. First Blog Created Links.net by Swarthmore student.
- 1997. 1st Modern Social Network launched Six Degrees was the first modern social network. It allowed users to create a profile and to become friends with other users. Had about 1 million members at its peak popularity.
AOL Instant Messenger introduced.
- 1999. Blog Platform, Blogger, launched.
- 2002. Friendster launched. Friendster is still a very active social network, with over 90 million registered users and 60+ million unique visitors each month.
Social Networking & Bookmarking Sites appear Linkedln launched - the first mainstream social network devoted to business. The profiles are based on a resume style layout, where members can interact through private messaging. Photobucket launched - the first major photo sharing site to link its members. Delicious launched - the first social bookmarking site, where users can bookmark a site, tag it, and share it with others. MySpace launched - a popular social network that dominated traffic, and even surpassed Google in traffic in 2006. First platform to feature profile customization for users.
- 2004. Facebook launched. Facebook was created for Harvard. Today 1 out of every 13 people globally on Facebook. Half of them are logged in on any given day. While Facebook started out as a Harvard-only social network, it quickly expanded to other schools, then to high schools, businesses and eventually everyone.
- 2005. YouTube launched. As the first major video hosting and sharing site, users can upload videos up to 10 minutes long and share them through YouTube or by embedding them on other websites, social networks, blogs.
- 2006. Twitter launched. Microblogging builds to over 200 million. Half of them are active on any given day. SlideShare launched. Today over 60 million users view online presentations.
- 2007. Mobile Apps Revolutionize Communication. The mobile OS (iPhone iOS and Android) can be largely credited for the rise in popularity of real-time updates. Prior to this, mobile browsers were clunky at best, and virtually unusable at worst. Tumblr launched - as a cross between microblogging and a lifestreaming application, Tumblr welcomed 75,000 converts to its service on launch. FriendFeed launched - with the popularity of social networks, FriendFeed simplifies the active social media guru by integrating users' online activities into one place.
- 2008. Viral Video Gives Wake Up Call to the Power of Social Media. Video of Burger King employee bathing in sink sparks awareness. Groupon launches.
- 2009. Movie "Bruno" dies by word of mouth on the web within 3 days. Testimony that consumers do control brand.
- 2010. Confirms that Social Media Is NOT a trend Facebook launches Open Graph QR Codes Gain Marketing Popularity Smartphones outsell Computers.
- 2011. Social Media Becomes Social Business. Social Media fast forwards news access and community action. Google introduces Google+ Social Media breaks demographics barriers. 79% to 84% of all age demographics (15+) participate.
- 2012. NFC Ushers in Social Convergence. (Try me!)
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