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The History of 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.

It's hard to imagine a world without social media. In just a few clicks or taps, we can instantly connect with friends and family, stay updated on global events, and even launch our own businesses. But have you ever wondered how all of this came to be? The history of social media is both fascinating and complex, with key technological milestones and cultural shifts shaping the landscape we know today. Join me for a journey through time as we explore the evolution of social media. Let's get started at the very beginning...

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%.

Here Comes Facebook!

In the early 2000s, blogging and online forums surged in popularity as people sought to share their thoughts and connect with like-minded individuals. At the same time, traditional media outlets like newspapers and television stations began to adopt social media in their reporting and outreach efforts. In 2004, Facebook was born, initially intended for college students to connect with others on campus. The platform quickly expanded and is now one of the most widely used social media sites in the world.

Social media continued to evolve throughout the 2000s and into the 2010s with the introduction of microblogging sites like Twitter and multimedia-focused platforms like Instagram and Snapchat. Today, social media is deeply ingrained in many aspects of our daily lives. We rely on it for news, entertainment and much more.

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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