The days are passé when people used to physically and personally interact with each other. Today is the time of Smartphones, Google, Facebook, Whatsapp, Instagram, Linkedin, etc. However, just as Rome was not built in a day, similarly, today’s network of social sites was not built in day; rather it took years to come at this stage. The 2000-year’s infant child has now turned 18 in 2018. It is young, beautiful and full of vigor and with each passing second, moment, day, week, and year; it is getting more innovative and revolutionary. In this article, I will walk you through the 18 years journey of social media, right from 2000 to 2018.
LiveJournal was started on April 15, 1999 by Brad Fitzpatrick. It is a Russian social networking service, which allows users to keep a blog, journal or diary. Facebook later used the format of LiveJournal for their status.
Friendster, one of the first social media sites, was developed and introduced by Peter Chin, Jonatham Abrams, and Dave Lee. Within the subsequent year, they rejected $30 million dollars from Google, widely considered one of the biggest blunders of Silicon Valley.
Linkedin gave users a place to post their resume and private message people with a business-oriented mind. It’s now a very popular way for businesses to scout for new employees and for users to search for jobs. By 2004, the number of users on the site reached 1 million; 13 years later they broke 500 million users.
Google came up with its email service, Gmail, in January 2014. In the UK, Gmail was branded as Google Mail, due to a trademark dispute, until 2009 when they changed the branding back after the dispute was over.
In February 2004, Facebook was launched by Mark Zuckerberg, along with his Harvard roommates. The social networking site was at first confined to Harvard students but in the next months and years, this membership became worldwide, rocketing the number of users to around 2.2 billion in 14 years.
YouTube, a platform on which users can upload and share videos, was introduced to the world in February 2005. The first video to hit one million views also came within this year, thanks to a Nike advert featuring Ronaldinho.
MySpace became the most popular social network in the U.S. during 2006! That’s just 3 years after it was founded. On July 15 th, 2006, Twitter was made public.
65 million tweets a day were sent out on Twitter, that’s around 750 tweets every second.
Snapchat, an image messaging app, was brought to shelves in September after being tried and tested as an iOS only app known as Picaboo in July. One of the founding members was pushed out right before the release of Snapchat.
Vine, a video hosting service specializing in short videos, went public in June. Twitter acquired Vine for $30 million in the October of that year.
Instagram introduced sponsored ads to target the UK in September following their inclusion on the app in America.
NASA’s #AYearInSpace started, gave Twitter followers updates on Scott Kelly an astronaut who lived in space for a year!
Virtual Reality, live videos, and 360-degree videos reigned all video content on social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. There was a crackdown on fake news throughout social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter.
Having said that, we now have a superb collection of social media channels to opt and select from; Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat and more. We wonder what is going to be the next advancement of the social media creators in the long run. So, what do you say, is going to be the future world of social media?