The History of Social Media: 40 Years in the Making
The first email was sent, between two computers, that were literally sitting right next to one another. (qwertyuiop)
The first BBS (Blackboard System) came online. Originally these were primarily hosted on personal computers and users had to dial in through the host computer’s modem. Only one person at a time could gain access to the BBS.
IRC (Internet Relay Chat) was developed and used for file sharing, link sharing, and keeping in touch.
GeoCities was born, the concept was to allow users to create their own websites based on one of six cities.
SixDegrees launched, allowing users to create profiles and become friends with other users. Was purchased in 2000 for 125 million, closed in 2001. AOL Instant Messenger was also launched this year, being the first to allow instant real time dialogue exchange.
The .com bubble burst, sending the stock markets crashing, and leaving web entrepreneurs and confused.
Friendster is launched, gathering over 3 million users in the first 3 months (about 1 in every 126 internet users at that time).
This year we saw the launch of MySpace (by 2006 had grown to be the most popular social network in the world), Plaxo (the largest online address book), LinkedIn (one of the first mainstream social media networks dedicated to business), Hi5, Second Life, and Del.icio.ua.
Facebook is launched, originally as a way of connecting college students. More than half of the 19.500 students signed up within the first month. Flickr launched for photo sharing, claiming to now host more than 4 billion photos.
YouTube was the first major video hosting and sharing site, to date 35 hours of content is uploaded every minute.
Facebook overtakes MySpace as the leading social networking site, with currently over 600 million users, spending over 700 million minutes on Facebook each month.
After their piece of the pie, Google launches Google Buzz, a social networking and messaging tool that is integrated into the company’s web-based email program, allowing users to share links, photos, videos, status messages and comments.
Spling is born. Within the first four days following launch, the site generated over 1 million hits, boasting 5,000 unique visitors and 125,000 pageviews. As a result, Spling.com was tagged as one of the fastest growing social media websites to ever launch.
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