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Posted by Maddie Comer on May 20, 2015

The History of Social Media

You might find it surprising that social media has only been common for the past 5-10 years. Find out where it all started.

Topics: Social Media


There are 1.393 billion users on Facebook, 300 million Instagram users, and 288 million Twitter users. While social media is very prevalent today, it wasn't the same case only a few decades ago. Before you could connect with others on Facebook, there was CompuServe.

CompuServe was the first major commercial online service in the US.They were founded in 1969 as a computer time-sharing service. As the first to offer electronic mail capabilities, they paved the way for social interaction online. Just a year later they began to offer real-time chat online. You were able to join a discussion forum on just about any subject imaginable. 

Most people will remember receiving discs in the mail from AOL. They are famously known for their instant messaging service, AIM. At one point, it had the largest share of the instant messaging market in North America. You were able to chat with friends and leave away messages when you would leave the computer. As of June 2011, the AOL Instant Messenger only had a market share of 0.73%.

Today people use Facebook, Twitter and other social sites to connect with each other. Within seconds, you are able to connect with someone across the world. Social media has come a long way since the Internet began. Who knows what the next big social site will be?


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