INFOGRAPHIC: The Evolution of Social Media

Were you aware the genesis of social media dated back to 1994? How many of you remember Friendster or AOL instant messaging? Social media has come a long way. Once thought as a great way for teens to connect and talk about excruciating minutia, social media has become a force of revenue that has been adopted by most successful businesses. (Text version below infographic.)
Social Media Through the Years

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1994

BHI (Beverly Hills Internet) starts Geocities
1,500 Web servers online

1997

The Genesis of Blogging
AOL Instant Messenger
SixDegrees.com – allows users personalized profiles and friend list

1998

Google Begins

1999

Friends Reunited – First Social Network to Gain Prominence

2000

Dotcom bubble bursts

2001

Wikipedia begins

2002

Friendster – 3 million users
AOL- 34 million users

2003

Myspace
Flickr

Dawn of Podcasting

Digg – Social News

Linkedin

2005

Bebo – Blog Early Blog Often
Facebook – College Students only
YouTube

2006

Twitter
Google Indexes 25 billion+ websites
Facebook opens to anyone over 13

2007

iPhone released
Facebook allows ad targeting

2008

Facebook passes MySpace in monthly unique visits

2009

Facebook – 200 million users
Google – one trillion URLs

2010

Facebook – 400 million users
Google Launches Buzz
iPad
Internet surpassed print as news source
1.97 billion internet users

2011

Facebook – 550 million users
Twitter – 65 million daily tweets
YouTube – 2 billion daily video views
Linkedin – 90 million users
Social media commerce on the rise

2012

Top Ten Social Networks – Facebook, Twitter, Blogger, WordPress, Linkedin, Pinterest, Google+, Tumblr, Myspace, and Wikia
U.S. Internet Use: computers – 213 million users, smartphone – 52 million users tablet – 55 million users
Facebook – 1 billion users
YouTube – 800 million users
Advertisers use “likes” as business metric

2013

YouTube – one billion monthly users, 4 billion daily views
Twitter – 500 million users
Tumblr – 170 million users 100 million users<
Flickr – 87 million users
Pinterest – 48.7 million users
Wordpress – Host 74 million blogs
Google – 343 million users
Astronauts tweet live from space station

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