Thursday, January 5, 2012

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Social Media Thursday

I found this Social Media Timeline published by while helping my nephew with his homework. Thought I'd share it with you gals and guys.

Social media timeline
August 31, 2011|By Chris Tiedje, Sun Sentinel
1971 – The first email is sent (between two computers sitting on the same desk).
1979 – Usernets and BBS (Bulletin Board Systems) came online allowing users to exchange data over phone lines.
1980 – Compuserve and Prodigy hit the scene with the first commercial offering of news, weather, shopping, games, and more.
1991 – America Online launches AOL for DOS and quickly rises to one of the most popular online destinations with over 30 million members in its prime. Millions of people used AOL as their first gateway to the World Wide Web.
1994 – Geocities launches as a community where users create their own websites categorized by one of six "cities".
1995 – gave users the freedom to post their own content and interact with other users.
1995 – is born allowing users to find and connect with former acquaintances from school life.
1997 – ICQ (Internet Relay Chat) is purchased by America Online and AOL Instant Messenger launches, and a new language is born. OMG, LOL, BRB.
1997 – launches allowing users to create profiles and list friends.
2002 – launches and quickly grows to 3 million users in 3 months.
2003 – is frantically coded in 10 days to try and mimic the rapid growth of Friendster. Grows to the most popular social networking site in 2006 with 100 million users. LinkedIn and Photobucket also join the game.
 2004 – Facebook launches originally as a way for college students to connect. The year also saw the birth of Digg and Flickr.
2005 – YouTube launches and gives anyone with a video camera the chance to become an internet sensation.
2006 – Twitter launches and squeezes our communication into 140 character "tweets".
2008 – Facebook overtakes MySpace as the most popular social networking site.
2011 – Google introduces Google+ after two previous failed attempts to break into the social space (Wave and Buzz).
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  1. Wow, very interesting to read this timeline. Even though I was in the tech industry, never quite put it together like this, thank you:)

  2. so much of what we do today wouldn't have been possible just 10 years ago! How quickly things change! more and more to keep up with!

  3. oh wow this is so you think anyone uses myspace nowdays? I eas on ICQ in 1998, learning all those computer much fun!

  4. I can't believe how far technology and the WWW have come! I still remember typing in C: into my old apple...LOL!

  5. I showed my sons some pictures of early computers and cell phones. Hilarious, they were truly dinosaurs! Technology is amazing!

  6. Wow that is absolutely amazing!

  7. Networking has come a long way, hasn't it!

  8. This is fascinating! To think so many of the sites we use everyday have only been around for less than a decade. Things change so fast.