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Social Media History
1997: The Birth of Social Media
The first social media site that most can agree upon was a website called Six Degrees. It was named after the ‘six degrees of separation’ theory and lasted from 1997 to 2001. Six Degrees allowed users to create a profile and then friend other users. Six Degrees even allowed those who didn’t register as users to confirm friendships and connected quite a few people this way.
From Six Degrees, the internet moved into the era of blogging and instant messaging. Although blogging may not seem like social media precisely, the term fits, because people were suddenly able to communicate with a blog almost instantly. The term “blog” is a form of the phrase “Weblog” which was coined by Jorn Barger, an early blogger that was the editor of the site “Robot Wisdom.”
From there, ICQ was born and most members of Generation X remember ICQ and the service that was created shortly thereafter, America Online, with AOL’s instant messenger especially prominent in the social media lineup.
2000: The Internet is Everywhere!
By the year 2000, around 100 million people had access to the internet, and it became quite common for people to be engaged socially online. At that time, social sites were looked at as an odd hobby, at best. Still, more and more people began to utilize chat rooms for making friends, dating and discussing topics that they wanted to talk about. But, the huge boom of social media was still to come.
2003: The First Social Media Surge
Although the younger generation might not know about it, back in the early 2000’s the website MySpace was the popular place to set up a profile and make friends. MySpace was the original social media profile website, leading into and inspiring websites like Facebook.
But even though MySpace has a very small user base compared to Facebook and Twitter, there are musicians who have used MySpace to promote their music and even be heard by record producers and other artists.
Another website that was one of the beginning social media websites was LinkedIn, still a social media website today, geared specifically towards professionals who want to network with each other.
In fact, most of the social media websites we have today are similar to LinkedIn, in that they are specifically about one particular thing, or they have some kind of unique quality that has made them popular. While MySpace was a general social media site, LinkedIn was, and is still is, meant for professional businesspeople to connect with each other to network, find jobs and socialize.
2005: Facebook and Twitter
In 2004, Mark Zuckerberg launched what would soon become the social media giant that would set the bar for all other social media services. Facebook is the number one social media website today and it currently boasts over a billion users.
However, back in 2004, Facebook (TheFacebook.com then) was launched just for Harvard students. Zuckerberg saw the potential and released the service to the world at the website facebook.com.
In 2006, the popularity of text messaging or SMS inspired Jack Dorsey, Biz Stone, Noah Glass and Evan Williams to create Twitter, a service that had the unique distinction of allowing users to send “tweets” of 140 characters or less. Their latest decision to not count links or graphics gives the user more typing space. Today, Twitter has over 500 million users.
Around 2010: The Rest ….
Before long, there were dozens of other websites providing social media services of some kind. Instagram, owned by Facebook, gained popularity as one of the top social media sites to include on business cards and other media.
Websites were starting to list their social media addresses and businesses would include Facebook and Twitter addresses on their television commercials and many tools were being built to include social media on websites – for example: WordPress plugins that would allow users to include not only links to their social media websites, but also to include their latest social media posts directly on their websites.
Social media icons were seen everywhere and it became almost unusual to see businesses or brands without them.
In addition, social media began to be one of the ways in which internet marketers and website owners would boost the visibility of their websites. The benefits of social media marketing for business began to become quite clear to business owners large and small. Social media bookmarking became quite popular and there were services that would bookmark a post or a website across dozens or even hundreds of social media services.
Social Media Today
Social media today consists of thousands of social media platforms, all serving the same – but slightly different purposes. Of course, some social media platforms are more popular than others, but even the smaller ones get used by a portion of the population, because each one caters to a very different type of person.
For example: Instagram caters to the kind of person that communicates through photographs best, and other platforms such as Twitter are perfect for those who communicate in short bursts of information. As mentioned, businesses are using social media to promote their products and services in a brand new way and so each form of social media serves a purpose that the others available may not.
The Future of Social Media
Although it is impossible to know what the future of social media holds, it is clear that it will continue. Humans are social animals and the more ability to communicate with each other on the level that each person likes best, the more prevalent social media will become. With new and exciting technologies just around the corner, social media will be interesting to see in the coming decades. Source: http://historycooperative.org/the-history-of-social-media
Dr. Joyce’s social site status is in the top .1% of users worldwide–with over a million followers on Twitter, and tens of thousands on G and LinkedIn.(15T)
According to the Pew Research Center, as of January 2014, 74% of online adults use social networking sites. This is only the beginning. Don’t get left out of this great networking opportunity! It is said that by 2018, social media will be considered “work” (a job!) as the new way to network across industries & communicate effectively with people users would never had the opportunity to know.
The growing ubiquity of cell phones, especially the rise of smart phones, has made social networking just a finger tap away. Fully 40% of cell phone owners use a social networking site on their phone and 28% do so on a typical day. Young people, blacks, Hispanics, the highly educated and those with a higher annual household income are more likely to use SNS on their phones than other groups. It is estimated that in 2 years, this number will grow, significantly.
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- 241T active users (Twitter has over 600 million total users)
- Micro blogging social site that limits posts to 140 characters
- Largest penetration in the US, but spreading slowly and steadily
- 5,700 tweets every second
- 540 million active users
- Social network built by Google that allows for brands and users to build circles
- 300 Million users
- Business oriented social networking site
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1.3 Million on Twitter
21 Thousand on Google
13 Thousand connections on: LinkedIn and over 100 recommendations.
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Social network sites (SNSs) create new marketing opportunities by leveraging on members’ online social networks.