Group 1 Timeline Assignment - History of Social Media

Timeline created by Alyssa A 10
In History
  • PLATO- Alyssa Alexsonshk

    PLATO- Alyssa Alexsonshk
    PLATO or Programmed Logic for Automatic Teaching Operations originated from the University of Illinois computer system. The software started developing in the 1960s, but its final release was not until 1973. It allowed users to do forms, message boards, online testing, email, chat rooms, picture languages, instant messaging, remote screen sharing, and multiplayer video games. The platform ended in 2006.
  • Classmates- Joni Allen

    Classmates- Joni Allen
    A social networking site that was launched on November 17, 1995, by Randy Conrads. The development of classmates was to help alumni from various schools and universities help to reconnect with one another. The social networking website is intended to have the ability to locate classmates as far back as kindergarten and as recently as the last place of employment. Classmates can even connect those who are currently or previously in the U.S. military. Currently, Classmates maintains the largest.
  • Six degrees- Maggie Clough

    Six degrees- Maggie Clough
    Is largely considered to be one of the first social media sites.
    It was founded in 1996 by Andrew Weinreich.
    Was ahead of its time, flopped due to lack of people actually connected to the internet.
    It was sold in December 2000 to YouthStream Media.
    The idea was to make friends through acquaintances you would start by listing your friends and family members and then you would slowly know people they knew and branch out more and more.
  • AOL Messenger- Joni Allen

    AOL Messenger- Joni Allen
    AOL Instant Messenger developed by Barry Appleman, Eric Bosco, and Jerry Harris employed as engineers at AOL. Previously used for instant messaging, a presence computer program that used the proprietary OSCAR instant messaging protocol and the TOC protocol enabled users to communicate instantaneously. Reaching a height of popularity in the 1990s-2000s. AIM became the foremost messaging program in the USA preceding the launch and acceptance of Facebook and Instagram.
  • Emojis- Alyssa Alexsonshk

    Emojis- Alyssa Alexsonshk
    Emojis were first introduced on November 1st 1997 with the first set of 90 emojis released in Japan. Emojis are icons used to communicate emotions or to covey different stories through images. Emojis began to gain popularity and many different versions of the icons were made. Apple first adopted emojis in 2008, but only in Japan. Apple later released emojis worldwide with IOS 5 in 2011. Google added the emoji to their Gmail in 2009. Unicode(2010) adopts emoji making it a language.
  • Hot or not- Maggie Clough

    Hot or not- Maggie Clough
    Founded in 2000, the idea came when they were basically comparing tastes in women and wanted to see their differences in taste. Originally could just look at pictures but slowly became an option to meet the people, on account of paying money.
    In 2008 they sold it off for 20 million, however, it never really got back the popularity it was first introduced with.
  • Kik-Enrique Antonio

    Kik-Enrique Antonio
    Kik founds it’s legs during the same time a lot of other messaging apps were fully developed. The difference with Kik was it’s marketing and how it was directed at the younger generation. This included with the group chat feature for individuals with common interests gave Kik the edge it needed to survive in the same environment as WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger. This did not last though as Kik has not been able to keep it’s name in mainstream conversations.
  • Facesmash -Jordyn Dawson

    Facesmash -Jordyn Dawson
    Created in less than a week
    Created to hack into people's pictures
    Prank website that Mark Zuckerberg created when he was in college Taken down after 2 days
  • Linkedin -Joni Allen

    Linkedin -Joni Allen
    Linkedin is currently the largest professional network with over 700 million members in more than 200 countries across the globe. Originally, Reid Hoffman, the co-founder, launched the website on May 5th, 2003, and in December 2016 Microsoft finalized its acquisition of Linkedin creating the world’s prime professional cloud as well as leading professional network.
  • LinkedIn -Enrique Antonio

    LinkedIn -Enrique Antonio
    LinkedIn found it’s niche within business networking after Facebook Co-creator left to peruse an app that created an environment where people could apply for jobs. The app revolution mass business communications between alumni, former associates and like-minded business creators.
  • Myspace -Joni Allen

    Myspace -Joni Allen
    From 2005 to 2008 Myspace was the largest social networking site in the world and is estimated to have had more than 100 million users monthly. Tom Anderson, Chris DeWolfe, Jon Hart founded the site August 1st, 2003, and by 2006 Myspace had become the most visited website in the United States. The social networking site is credited to be one of the major influences of developer platforms that are still relevant today.
  • Facebook -Alyssa Alexsonshk

    Facebook -Alyssa Alexsonshk
    Facebook(2004) was founded by Mark Zuckerburg and other Harvard students. It started out as a Havard social networking app but expanded to more educational institutions. It evolved into an application for anyone over 13. Facebook allows its users to share multimedia content and subscribe to other's content. Facebook(2012) hit a milestone of 1 billion users. Facebook has continued to grow to over 3 billion users and expanded into other apps like Messenger, WhatsApp, and Instagram.
  • YouTube - Alyssa Alexsonshk

    YouTube - Alyssa Alexsonshk
    YouTube was originally created in February 2005 by three pay pal employes and then was bought by Google in November 2006. The platform allows users to upload their own video content on channels as well as subscribe to other channels and engage with each other through comments. YouTube and YouTubers are able to make money by allowing ads on their videos with Google Ads. Most of Youtube is free, but there are two paid subscriptions of YouTube Music and YouTube Premium.
  • Webkinz (A Social Media Platform for Kids)- Alyssa Alexsonshk

    Webkinz (A Social Media Platform for Kids)- Alyssa Alexsonshk
    Webkinz (April 29, 2005) by the Canadian toy company Ganz. Special codes are attached to the toys allowing the user to adopt a pet virtually and interact with other users online. There is a Kinzchat where users can choose from different phrases and interact with other players as well as through parties in your pet's home and invite other users to engage in games. In 2006 there was over 1 million users on the platform and the company made 100 million in revenue. COVID has caused a resurgence.
  • Twitter Hatches (2006)- Jordyn Dawson

    Twitter Hatches (2006)- Jordyn Dawson
    Actual birth date 2004
    Dorsey originally thought about Twitter as a text message- based tool
  • Youtube Makes Partners -Jordyn Dawson

    Youtube Makes Partners -Jordyn Dawson
    Nearly 8 million daily views. It official release date in december 2005
    Fall of 2006 the site grew 100 million videos by watching 200 million loyal users.
  • Hashtag- Maggie Clough

    Hashtag- Maggie Clough
    Designed to help organize tweets. Helped raise awareness for social issues. Helped get around the strict 140 character limit of Twitter
    Ended up bringing new users as well.
  • Tumblr- Raynard Burns

    Tumblr- Raynard Burns
    Tumblr(2007) multimedia microblogging, by David Karp is now owned by Automattic. Users follow other bloggers either public or private, grew to over 555 million viewers monthly with 441 million blogs. Tumblr was first thought of in 2006 by Marco Arment who developed his own platform with tumblog with over 75000 users in 2 weeks shut down (2013) for lack of popularity. Yahoo purchased Tumblr in 2013 for 1.1 billion dollars (2017) Verizon bought them now is being led by Jeff D’Onofrio.
  • Welcome Weibo -Jordyn Dawson

    Welcome Weibo -Jordyn Dawson
    A microblogging site (like Twitter) that Chinese consumers use to catch up with friends, post updates about lives, and catch up on news.
    Created by Sina corporation in 2009 based on users' relationship to share, disseminate and get info.
    In the very year (2009) Facebook and Twitter were restricted in the country.
    Alongside Qzone and QQ, Weibo stays quite possibly the most well known interpersonal organizations in China, with 340 million dynamic month to month clients.
  • Back to the land of farmville -Jordyn Dawson

    Back to the land of farmville -Jordyn Dawson
    Created within the same year as Facebook and Welcome Weibo. Most addictive Facebook game.
    A series of mindless chores on a digital farm.
    More than 10% of Americans have logged on.
  • Instagram Launches Stories -Jordyn Dawson

    Instagram Launches Stories -Jordyn Dawson
    Features such as videos, direct message, advertising, and grows to over 400 million users.
    Post photos and videos that vanish after 24 hours, experimenting with stories to boost your reach or engagement.
    Made by Mark Zuckerburg, rumors say Instagram is a clone of Snapchat.
  • Foursquare - Alexa DiFeo

    Foursquare - Alexa DiFeo
    Foursquare launched in 2009, being one of the first to allow users to “check in”, while sharing recommendations of neighborhood and city favorites with family and friends.
  • Grindr - Enrique Antonio

    Grindr - Enrique Antonio
    Grindr was one of the first social media apps that gave gay people a place to interact with others in the community, mostly via a hookup. To this day Grindr has kept a steady hold on gay culture and what it means to perform certain types of behavior, I.E. the terms bear, twink and otter flourished into mainstream vernacular mostly because of the availability of the terms to members of the gay community.
  • WhatsApp-Enrique Antonio

    WhatsApp-Enrique Antonio
    This app is use mainly as a way of communication between individuals across nations. I.e. if I am in Japan, WhatsApp is a wonderful way to come into contact with family here in the states. Furthermore, the app has seen exploding growth within the past few years marking it as one of the staples in modern communication over an app.
  • Pinterest - Alexa DiFeo

    Pinterest - Alexa DiFeo
    In 2010, a photo sharing and social bookmarking website named Pinterest is born. In 2011, the term, “pinning” was coined and was known as a favorite new hobby. Pinterest allows users to submit images or pins and allows other users to pin them onto personalized pin boards.
  • Instagram -Raynard Burns

    Instagram -Raynard Burns
    Instagram(October 6, 2010) owned by Facebook, developed by Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger, is a social media app that shares photos/videos. Launch day it had 25,000 users. The first week was downloaded over 100,000 times. Kevin, 27-year-old Stanford University graduate, built a prototype (2009) of a web app called Burbn. Kevin quit to develop his venture and met Mike, In 2012 Owner of Facebook wanted to buy Instagram for 1 billion dollars in cash and stock which is how Mark owns Instagram now.
  • Friendster -Joni Allen

    Friendster -Joni Allen
    Founded by Jonathan Abrams Friendster is a social gaming network developed in Malaysia. Although the site was originally intended for people to connect and share media content the site has also been known to be used as an online dating platform. By 2011 Friendster had gained approximately 115 million users. However, by 2015 the lack of engagement on the site was troubling, and by January of 2019 the site permanently deactivated.
  • Twitch - Alexa DiFeo

    Twitch - Alexa DiFeo
    In 2011, a live-streaming service launched that became popular worldwide, named Twitch. This service is a spin-off from (a live streaming service that launched in 2007 which allowed anyone to broadcast online) however, is more focused on broadcasting users playing video games. In 2014, shuts down to focus work on Twitch and in addition, Amazon acquires Twitch for $970 Million.
  • Google plus- Maggie Clough

    Google plus- Maggie Clough
    At first, you could only get onto the site by invitation and one user only has 150 invitations, however, demand got so high they had to suspend them. Due to the untimely launch the network struggled under big names like Facebook and Twitter. It launched in 2011.
  • Snapchat- Raynard Burns

    Snapchat- Raynard Burns
    Snapchat (Sept. 2011) by Evan Spiegel, Reggie Brown, and Bobby Murphy from Stanford University. Brown's idea was a social media app to post photos/videos and would disappear. Brown approached Spiegel then Murphy releasing Picaboo(July 2011). Spiegel/Murphy kicked out Brown relaunched as Snapchat. Brown(2014) settled 157 million. Snapchat(2015) has 75 million users monthly. Snapchat 4.6 million users were hacked. Spiegal's (2015) lawsuit from Anthony Pompliano causes stocks 1% fall.
  • Telegram- Part 2 -Raynard Burns

    Telegram- Part 2 -Raynard Burns
    Users can add multiple devices to their account and can set up a username for messages without exposing their phone number with claims that its multi-data centre infrastructure/encryption is more secure than Facebook. In (2013) Kakao Talk in South Korea surveillance fears, (2019) Hong Kong protests, and (2020)Belarus is the latest hotspot where Telegram has proven essential in 2020.
  • Telegram- Raynard Burns

    Telegram- Raynard Burns
    Telegram(August 14, 2013) a cloud-based instant messaging service to send multimedia messages and makes voice/video calls founded by Nikolai/Pavel Durov(Russian social media platform VK) originally in St Petersburg. It changed jurisdiction to evade problematic regulations currently headquartered in Dubai. Telegram was created to challenge the WhatsApp.
  • Pinterest Part 2 - Alexa DiFeo

    Pinterest Part 2 - Alexa DiFeo
    In 2015, Pinterest announces the launch of a buyable pin which is a special type of pin that can be used to make purchases within Pinterest itself. Pinterest does not take any cuts from the purchases made making the buyable pins free to use and allows users to promote buyable pins just like regular pins!
  • Discord - Alexa DiFeo

    Discord - Alexa DiFeo
    Discord is a free instant messaging and video/voice calling service designed for the gaming community that launched in 2015
  • Periscope- Maggie Clough

    Periscope- Maggie Clough
    Periscope is very similar to Skye, however, instead of one on one video call, you can stream to the masses.
    It launched on 26 March 2015 under Twitter. Twitter actually bought it before it could individually launch. This service will be discontinuing in March this year. This service killed the previous streaming service Meerkat.
  • Facebook LIVE -Maggie Clough

    Facebook LIVE -Maggie Clough
    It was released in April 2016. It allows a live video to be broadcasted to your audience. Many are still trying to find the most effective way to use it. Live videos tend to have more interactions than the usual videos. Many companies reap multiple benefits to using LIVE option.
  • TikTok- Alexa DiFeo

    TikTok- Alexa DiFeo
    The first lip syncing app that was launched was in 2014. ByteDance acquires in 2017 for $1 Billion. In addition to 2017, Tiktok is launched, which is a short video sharing and social media service. Then in 2018, shuts down to migrate its users to TikTok.
  • Cambridge Analytica and their influence- Enrique Antonio

    Cambridge Analytica and their influence- Enrique Antonio
    Facebook allowed a group of researchers to harvest the data from millions of accounts without their consent.This was a ethics violation and started to ask the question,“is social media too powerful?”Ethics violations were the tip of the iceberg the true effect of Cambridge Analytica was the movie screen they presented to society saying they,as much as they liked to believe it,were not safe nor private on their social media.There is always someone out there that will try to exploit your data.
  • Clubhouse- Raynard Burns

    Clubhouse- Raynard Burns
    Clubhouse(April 2020) valued at 100 million dollars was created by Paul Davison and ex-Google employee Rohan Seth. It received approximately $12 million in funding from Andreessen Horowitz in May and continued to soar. It can only house iPhone users (currently 600,000 users). It is an app for a podcast you join topic rooms but only a certain amount of people can talk controlled by the host. Many different celebrities have joined on the way to becoming the next big app.