History of Social Media

By Noman

Social Media


Tripod opened as a community online for college students and young adults.


CERN donated the WWW technology to the world.

Students at NCSA (National Center for Supercomputing Applications at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) showed the first graphical browser, Mosaic, and Web pages as we know them today were born.

More than 200 Web servers were online.



More than 1,500 Web servers were online in 1994 and people were referring to the Internet as the Information Superhighway.

EarthLink started up as an online service provider.


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The Web had one million sites.

Blogging begins.

SixDegrees.com lets users create profiles and list friends.

AOL Instant Messenger lets users chat.

Blackboard is founded as an online course management system for educators and learners.


Google opens as a major Internet search engine and index.


Friends Reunited, remembered as the first online social network to achieve prominence, was founded in Great Britain to relocate past school pals.


In the world of business and commerce, the dot.com bubble burst and the future online seemed bare as the millennium turned.

Seventy million computers were connected to the Internet.


Wikipedia, the online encyclopedia and world's largest wiki, was started.

Apple started selling iPods.


Friendster, a social networking site, was opened to the public in the U.S. and grew to 3 million users in three months.

AOL had 34 million members.


MySpace. another social networking website, was launched as a clone of Friendster.

Linden Lab opened the virtual world Second Life on the Internet.

LinkedIn was started as a business-oriented social networking site for professionals.

There were more than 3 billion Web pages.

Apple introduced the online music service iTunes.


Facebook, another social networking website, was started for students at Harvard College. It was referred to at the time as a college version of Friendster.

Podcasting began on the Internet.

Flickr image hosting website opened.

Digg was founded as a social news website where people shared stories found across the Internet.



Bebo, an acronym for Blog Early, Blog Often, was started as another social networking website.

Facebook launched a version for high school students.

YouTube began storing and retrieving videos.

There were more than 8 billion Web pages.


Twitter was launched as a social networking and microblogging site, enabling members to send and receive 140-character messages called tweets.

Facebook membership was expanded and opened to anyone over age 13.

Google had indexed more than 25 billion web pages, 400 million queries per day, 1.3 billion images, and more than a billion Usenet messages.


Microsoft bought a stake in Facebook.

Facebook initiated Facebook Platform which let third-party developers create applications (apps) for the site.

Apple released the iPhone multimedia and Internet smartphone.


Facebook surpassed MySpace in the total number of monthly unique visitors. Meanwhile, Facebook tried unsuccessfully to buy Twitter.

Bebo was purchased by AOL. Later, AOL would re-sell the relatively-unsuccessful social media site.


Facebook ranked as the most-used social network worldwide with more than 200 million. The site's traffic was twice that of MySpace.

Unfriend was the New Oxford American Dictionary word of the year.

Microsoft's Bing joined Yahoo and Google as major search engines on the Internet.

It's estimated that a quarter of Earth's population used the Internet.

Google saw one trillion unique URLs – after eliminating duplicate entries.

The Internet had at least 27 billion web pages and could have had as many as 58 billion web pages. They changed so many times a day it was nearly impossible to count.


Facebook's rapid growth moved it above 400 million users, while MySpace users declined to 57 million users, down from a peak of about 75 million.

Apple released the iPad tablet computer with advanced multimedia and Internet capabilities.

It was estimated the population of Internet users was 1.97 billion. That was almost 30 percent of the global population.


Social media were accessible from virtually anywhere and had become an integral part of our daily lives with more than 550 million people on Facebook, 65 million tweets sent through Twitter each day, and 2 billion video views every day on YouTube. LinkedIn has 90 million professional users.

It was estimated Internet users would double by 2015 to a global total of some four billion users, or nearly 60 percent of Earth's population.


Ever more people are connecting to the Internet for longer periods of time. Some 2 billion people around the world use the Internet and social media, while 213 million Americans use the Internet via computers while 52 million use the Web via smartphone and 55 million use it via tablets. People also connect to the Internet via handheld music players, game consoles, Internet-enabled TVs and e-readers.

It is estimated Internet users would double by 2015 to a global total of some four billion users, or nearly 60 percent of Earth's population.

Social media has come of age with more people using smartphones and tables to access social networks. New sites emerge and catch on. The top ten social networks are Facebook, Blogger, Twitter, Wordpress, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Google+, Tumblr, MySpace and Wikia.

More than half of adults 25-34 use social media at the office. Almost a third of young adults 18-24 use social media in the bathroom. All use social networks to stay connected with acquaintances, be informed and be amused.

Facebook reached a billion users in 2012.

YouTube has more than 800 million users each month with more than 1 trillion views per year or around 140 views for every person on Earth. Seventy percent of YouTube traffic comes from outside the U.S. YouTube is local in 43 countries and uses 60 languages. Some 72 hours of video are uploaded to YouTube every minute with more than 4 billion hours of video watched each month on YouTube.


YouTube topped one billion monthly users with 4 billion views per day, and launched paid channels to provide content creators with a means of earning revenue.

Facebook user total climbed to 1.11 billion.

Twitter had 500 million registered users, with more than 200 million active.

Apple's customers have downloaded over 50 billion apps and the company again improved iTunes, even as iPads were revolutionizing social games.

Flickr had 87 million users and stored 8 billion photos, while Instagram had 100 million users storing 4 billion photos.

LinkedIn had 225 million users, while MySpace had 25 million users.

Google+ had 343 million users.

The People's Liberation Army of China and the Syrian Electronic Army rose among the gaggle of infamous hackers.

There were 156 million blogs. Blogs, online videos and podcasts continue to be staples for marketers.

An Australian survey found 34 percent of social network users logged on at work, 13 percent at school, and 18 percent in the car, while 44 percent used social networks in bed, 7 percent in the bathroom, and 6 percent in the toilet.