History of Social Media

By COM227
  • IMDb Founded

    IMDb Founded
    IMDb (Internet Movie database) is a commercial website owned by Amazon that supplies information on films, television shows, video games, actors, directors, etc., along with written out summaries of plots and biographies and other helpful information relating to its source. IMDb can be used as a social media outlet by users ability to leave their own personal reviews. These overall ratings heavily influence the subject and peoples everyday usage of the site. -Jordan Green
  • Six Degrees is created

    Six Degrees is created
    What is viewed as the first social media website was created by Andrew Weinreich based on the idea of the six degrees of separation theory. Users could send messages back and forth as well as make posts on the site.(Couldn't find the exact date but it was sometime in May of 1996) - Brad Dretzka
  • 1999 The Beginning of Internet Prostituion

    1999 The Beginning of Internet Prostituion
    Prostitution is known the oldest form of employment worldwide. Just as the invention of PayPal by Musk in 1998, websites and forums were created for those to capitalize from escorting, courtesan, or prostitution. Forums were the first early means advancing business.
    In 1999 there is a record of 84 cities in 12 different countries utilizing this resource, There are now sites that are free of charge as well as sites that require a paid membership for access, as well as personalized sites.
  • Xanga Launched

    Xanga Launched
    Xanga began in 1999 as a site for sharing book and music reviews. According to Alexa Internet, an internet metrics website, Xanga's ranking has continually declined since 2007 -Kyle Lunter
  • Urban Dictionary Created

    Urban Dictionary Created
    Urban Dictionary is a commercial site founded in 1999 by Aaron Peckham that serves as a crowdsourced online dictionary, primarily consisting of slang words. The site was launched to provide definitions for commonly used language that may not be included in standard, formal dictionaries. Some words or phrases have actually been derived directly from this site. - Charles May
  • Wikipedia is Created

    Wikipedia is Created
    Wikipedia (AKA the free encyclopedia) is created, allowing many individual writers to share their knowledge with many audiences. Wikipedia is a collection of interconnected pages about topics ranging from people to theories, containing links to other similar or relevant articles. While anybody can write or edit an article they do have official editors that work to keep the site correct.
    Jasmine Farran
  • LinkedIn

    A social media used for professional networking, LinkedIn was launched May 5th, 2003. It aims to connect people with their trusted business colleagues they already know. From there, other uses include creating more connections, finding jobs and new business.
    -Lauren Niepokny
  • MySpace is Founded

    MySpace is Founded
    MySpace was launched in August 2003. It served as a social networking platform, but was overshadowed by Facebook. Today it is targeted towards musicians and artists, although it was originally meant for a more general population of users. --Ivanna Klek
  • Skype is founded

    Skype is founded
    Skype was created on August 29,2003 by a Swedish man named Niklas Zennström and a Danish man named Janus Friis. Skype is used for video chatting, voice calling, and messaging. This application can be used for one on one contact and can also be used for group interaction. This is a free download (and free to use as long as the communication is skype-to-skype) which can be used on a computer, smartphone, or tablet.
    Emma Wagner
  • Facebook launched

    Facebook launched
    On February 4, 2004 Mark Zuckerberg and a few of his Harvard roommates launched Facebook, which would quickly become one of the largest social media websites in the world. (Terry Dillinger)
  • Yelp is Launched

    Yelp is Launched
    In 2004, former PayPal employees Jeremy Stoppelman & Russel Simmons launched Yelp, which publishes crowd-sourced business reviews. Users can posts about restaurants, schools, stores, and other retailers & service providers. Businesses are able to update their own contact information, hours, and details regarding parking, accessibility, delivery & takeout options, and much more. Yelp receives 135 million monthly visitors and has over 95 million reviews. (Shannon Frye)
  • Youtube Founded

    Youtube Founded
    "Launched in May 2005, YouTube allows billions of people to discover, watch and share originally-created videos. YouTube provides a forum for people to connect, inform, and inspire others across the globe and acts as a distribution platform for original content creators and advertisers large and small." ( Posted by Christina VanDerwyst
  • Reddit Is Founded

    Reddit Is Founded
    Reddit is an open source website used as a large unfiltered source for things on the web sometimes considered "Taboo" or satirical or witty. Reddit often is a tool used to express free speech and some unpopular opinions. Added by Jake Marteney
  • Twitter Is Created

    Twitter Is Created
    Twitter is an online social networking service that enables users to send and read short 140-character messages called "tweets". Registered users can read and post tweets, but those who are unregistered can only read them.
    • Lex Eckles
  • Tumblr Founded

    Tumblr Founded
    Tumblr is a microblogging and social networking website founded by David Karp in 2007, and owned by Yahoo! since 2013. The social media allows users to post multimedia and other content to a short-form blog. As of September 1, 2016, Tumblr hosts over 312.2 million blogs. As of January 2016, the website has had 555 million monthly visitors. -Emma Flynn
  • SoundCloud

    SoundCloud is a online audio distribution service. It was established in August of 2007 by Alexander Ljung and Eric Wahlforss. Through this service users can record upload and promote anything audio wise. A lot of users are those who are aspiring music artist, people who also have weekly podcast post their product on this site. As of December 2014 they have 175 million listeners every month. Reginald Holmes Jr.
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    iCarly hits the internet and airwaves

    Created by Nickelodeon hit maker Dan Schneider, iCarly became a hit TV show, not only it was a show, but a full website that fans could interact with . Fans would be able to create videos and send them to the site and they may end up airing on the show. The show also had fans start creating their own online videos and the crazy of spaghetti tacos witch were started as a joke for the show. (David Kusinski)
  • Dan Schneider (DanWarp) connects with fans

    Dan Schneider (DanWarp) connects with fans
    Dan decided to create an online identity over several years. This allows him to connect with fans his shows he creates. He shares behind the scenes pic, videos, fun facts, info from his past shows and more. He as every type of social media to share stuff. Starting with the iCarly episode iMake Sam Girlier the danwarp logo was added at his company logo. In 2014 Dan create his official website and .net as well, producers normally don't do this. David Kusinski
  • China bans Facebook

    China bans Facebook
    Following ethnic riots in July of 2009, the People's Republic of China bans the use of Facebook for being used as a communication tool by demonstrators. It joins a list of several other websites already censored by the government. The Chinese social media platform, the Renren Network, largely takes its place. -Megan Zawilinski
  • Pinterest

    Pinterest was founded by Paul Sciacca, Evan Sharp, and Ben Silbermann in March of 2010. Their headquarters resides in San Francisco, California. There are approximately 50p employees currently working for Pinterest. When pinterest first launched, it was only made available to a few friends and families. - Johna Rohrer
  • Instagram was founded

    Instagram was founded
    nstagram was created by Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger, and launched in October 2010 as a free mobile app.
    -Katie Hobbins
  • Twitch is Founded

    Twitch is Founded
    Twitch was launch in June 6, 2011 and was bought by Amazon in September 27, 2014 for $970 million. Twitch is a live stream video platform which allows the steamer to broadcast a live feed to their audience. The audience is able to interact with the steamer through chat or even donate to the streamer. Most steamers broadcast live video game play or E sports broadcast game matches or tournaments.
    Posted by Curtis Mack
  • Snapchat was founded

    Snapchat was founded
    The multimedia mobile application was created by Evan Spiegel, Bobby Murphy and Reggie Brown. This app is unique because the pictures (messages) will erase after 1-10 seconds after they have been opened. It quickly became a popular form of communication among young people, especially after "stories" and filters were introduced. -Karly Smith
  • Facebook Buys Instagram For $1 Billion.

    Facebook Buys Instagram For $1 Billion.
    After Instagram obtained 30 million iOS users in 18 months and was named iPhone app of the year in 2011 Facebook realized that they had a competitor. Facebook Buys Instagram For $1 Billion. - John Nixon
  • Tinder

    Tinder is a location-based social search service application (using Facebook) that facilitates communication between mutually interested users, allowing matched users to chat.The app was launched in 2012, and by 2014 it was registering about one billion "swipes" per day. Tinder is among the first "swiping apps,
    where the user uses a swiping motion to choose between the photos of other users: swiping right for potentially good matches and swiping left on a photo to move to the next one.
    ~~Anna A.
  • Vine Launches

    Vine Launches
    "Vine is a short-form video sharing service where users can share six-second-long looping video clips. The service was founded in June 2012, and American microblogging website Twitter acquired it in October 2012, just before its official launch. Users' videos are published through Vine's social network and can be shared on other services such as Facebook and Twitter." Submitted by Shabrion
  • Vine is launched

    Vine is launched
    Vine was created by Dom Hofman, Rus Yusupov, and Colin Kroll in June 2012 and was later acquired by Twitter in October 2012 for $30 million. Vine is a short-form video sharing service where users can post six-second-long looping video clips. Videos can be shared on other social media such as Facebook and Twitter.
    - Danielle Hicks
  • Yik Yak

    Yik Yak
    2 South Carolina students made an app that anonymously posts messages in the surrounding areas of a college campus. The app is a little over two years old and has made $73 million since its release. Sean Syed
  • Ellen Breaks Twitter

    Ellen Breaks Twitter
    While hosting the 86th Academy Awards, Ellen made history with her star-studded selfie. At over 3 million, it is by far the most retweeted post in Twitter history. It was so popular, Twitter's servers temporarily went down.
    -Robert Houska
  • Periscope Was Launched

    Periscope Was Launched
    On March 26, 2015, Periscope launched. Periscope is a live video streaming app that allows users to stream live footage from their mobile devices to the public or just a select few. This app was created by Kayvon Beykpour and Joe Bernstein. Periscope was acquired by Twitter before its launch in 2015. -Amber Norris
  • Tango was Founded

    Tango was Founded
    Tango was founded by Uri Raz and Eric Setton. Tango uses video calling, voice calling, texting, photo sharing, and playing games. Tango is mostly used by android users but is compatible with iOS, windows and PC devices. It is partner with Aviary to allow you to edit photos. Tango is available in 14 different languages. Today Tango has more than 200 million users. Posted by, Tamieka McGraw
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    William Wilburn Podcast 001