Methods of communication have come a long way from telegraphs, letters and pneumatic post. The invention of telephone and radio technologies changed everything.
Social media has become a permanent part of existence for billions of people. It’s made communication much easier in a number of ways. But it wasn’t always this seamless. The history of social media is interesting to understand in order to appreciate the great strides made over the years.
Super computers created in the 1940s paved the way for quite a number of technological innovations. With the earliest internet forms developed two decades later, the world was well on its way towards rapid technological change.
By 1979 a virtual newsletter was created and communications using it was enabled by UseNet.
By the 1980s, home computers were quite popular. Towards the tail end of the same decade, Internet Relay Charts were first used.
It was only in 1999 however, that the first social media site was created by Six Degrees. Users could upload a profile and make friends with other users. Two years later when blogging sites found popularity, social media popularity exploded in ways it never had before.
MySpace, LinkedIn, Photobucket, Flickr, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Snapchat, Spotify and Pinterest are some of the most well-known names in the world of social media today.
When one takes a look at the history of social media, it’s evident that developments have been major. In recent years, trends have moved toward enabling cross-posting.
While Facebook dominates in terms of the most popular social networks, users are spoiled for choice. More users are also driving the direction of some of the developments. As the world moved toward a demand for less text-heavy content and more photo-technology, Facebook had to move fast. At the time, its photo quality wasn’t the best and Instagram had all the features that were in demand, so its purchase of it was the best move it could have made at the time to solidify its status and position in the market.