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Important Events in Social Media History

  • US Post Office Department Established

    US Post Office Department Established
  • Telegraph Created

    Telegraph Created
    Due to the work of Samuel F.B. Morse, Alfred Vail, and Joseph Henry one of the first forms of effective long-distance communication was established
  • Telephone

    Alexander Graham Bell patented the first telephone. Served as the first apparatus for transmitting vocal or other sounds telegraphically.
  • Phonograph Created

    Phonograph Created
    The phonograph is a device invented in 1877 for the mechanical recording and reproduction of sound. In its later forms it is also called a gramophone (as a trademark since 1887, as a generic name since c. 1900). The sound vibration waveforms are recorded as corresponding physical deviations of a spiral groove engraved, etched, incised, or impressed into the surface of a rotating cylinder or disc, called a "record"
  • Radio Invented

    Guglielmo Marconi: an Italian inventor, proved the feasibility of radio communication. He sent and received his first radio signal in Italy in 1895.
  • First Radio Broadcast

    First Wireless Radio Broadcast by Reginald A. Fessenden, 1906. On 24 December 1906, the first radio broadcast for entertainment and music was transmitted from Brant Rock, Massachusetts to the general public.
  • First Electronic Television Created

    First Electronic Television Created
    According to the Grolier Encyclopedia, the electronic television was successfully displayed for the first time on Sept. 7, 1927 in San Francisco. This predecessor of the modern television was invented by Philo Taylor Farnsworth, a 21-year-old Utah native.
  • ENIAC Invented

    ENIAC Invented
    First version of a electronic general-purpose computer called ENIAC (Electronic Numerical Integrator And Computer) completed by J. Presper Eckert and John Mauchly at the University of Pennsylvania.
  • Graphic User Interface

    Douglas Engelbart shows a prototype of the modern computer, with a mouse and a graphical user interface (GUI). Made computers more accessible to the general public
  • Floppy Disk

    Floppy Disk
    Alan Shugart leads a team of IBM engineers who invent the “floppy disk,” allowing data to be shared among computers.
  • Apple Started

    Apple Started
    Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak start Apple and roll out the Apple 1 computer that served as the first computer with a single circuit board.
  • Fisrt Email Address Created

    Fisrt Email Address Created
    Ray Tomlinson is credited with inventing email in 1972. Like many of the Internet inventors, Tomlinson worked for Bolt Beranek and Newman as an ARPANET contractor. He picked the @ symbol from the computer keyboard to denote sending messages from one computer to another
  • Ethernet

    Robert Metcalfe, a member of the research staff for Xerox, develops Ethernet for connecting multiple computers and other hardware
  • First Handheld Portable Cellphone

    First Handheld Portable Cellphone
    First successful call on the first portable handheld cellphone called the Motorola DynaTAC was made in 1973. Motorola DynaTAC finally hit the market in 1984 for the price of $3,995!
  • First Dial-Up BBC

  • First CD Player

    First CD Player
    Sony CDP-101. The Sony CDP-101 is the world's first commercially released compact disc player. The system was launched in Japan on October 1, 1982 at a list price of 168,000 yen (approx US$730)
  • Bluetooth Created

    Bluetooth Created
    Bluetooth is a wireless technology standard for exchanging data over short distances (using short-wavelength UHF radio waves in the ISM band from fixed and mobile devices, and building personal area networks. Bluetooth was initiated in 1989 by Nils Rydbeck, CTO at Ericsson Mobile in Lund, Sweden, and by Johan Ullman. The purpose was to develop wireless headsets
  • Yahoo Founded

    Yahoo Founded
    Yahoo was founded by Jerry Yang and David Filo in January 1994 and was incorporated on March 2, 1995.
  • First MP3 Player Created

    First MP3 Player Created
    The first portable MP3 player was launched in 1997 by Saehan Information Systems
  • AOL Instant Messanger

    AOL Instant Messanger
    AOL Instant Messenger was initially integrated into AOL Desktop and later also released as a stand-alone download by America Online (AOL) in May 1997 for Microsoft Windows.
  • Netflix Created

    Netflix Created
    Netflix is an American multinational entertainment company founded on August 29, 1997, in Scotts Valley, California,[7] by Reed Hastings and Marc Randolph. It specializes in and provides streaming media and video on demand online and DVD by mail. In 2013, Netflix added film and television production, as well as online distribution.
  • Wifi Introduced

    Wifi Introduced
    Wi-Fi technology may be used to provide Internet access to devices that are within the range of a wireless network that is connected to the Internet. In 1971, ALOHAnet connected the Hawaiian Islands with a UHF wireless packet network. ALOHAnet and the ALOHA protocol were early forerunners to Ethernet, and later the IEEE 802.11 protocols, respectively.
  • SoundJam MP Created

    SoundJam MP Created
    SoundJam MP, developed by Bill Kincaid and released by Casady & Greene in 1998.
  • Google Founded

    Google Founded
    Google was founded in 1996 by Larry Page and Sergey Brin while they were Ph.D. students at Stanford University. They incorporated Google as a privately held company on September 4, 1998. Google's mission statement from the outset was "to organize the world's information and make it universally accessible and useful."
  • Napter Created

    Napter Created
    Shawn Fanning invented Napster in 1999. This was a peer-to-peer music sharing site that allowed subscribes to swap music files. The music industry was outraged and by 2001 the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) shut it down
  • 1999: Digital Theft Deterrence and Copyright Damages Improvement Act of 1999

    Congress approved a significant hike in the minimum statutory damages for various types of copyright infringement in the Digital Theft Deterrence and Copyright Damages Improvement Act of 1999 (H.R. 3456). The law increased the minimum statutory damages for infringements from $500 to $750 and increased the maximum from $20,000 to $30,000. The maximum for willful infringement increased from $100,000 to $150,000.
  • Blogger Created

    Blogger Created
    Blogger, the first blogging service, was created in 1999. It was later bought by Google in 2003.
  • Apple Buys SoundJam MP and Renames Itunes

    Apple Buys SoundJam MP and Renames Itunes
    Apple purchased SoundJam MP in 2000. Original creators of SoundJam MP, Jeff Robbin, Kincaid, and Dave Heller, moved to Apple as part of the acquisition, where they continue to work today as the software's original developers.
  • First DVD Player Released

    Matsushita (under the Panasonic and Technics labels) first released full-fledged players in July 2000 for $700 to $1,200.
  • First Ipod Released

    First Ipod Released
    The iPod is a line of portable media players and multi-purpose pocket computers designed and marketed by Apple Inc. The first version was released on October 23, 2001, about 8½ months after iTunes (Macintosh version) was released
  • Friendster

    Friendster was founded by Canadian computer programmer Jonathan Abrams in 2002. Was the first global social network that emphasizes friendship and the discovery of new people online.
  • LinkedIn Founded

    LinkedIn Founded
    Founded on December 28, 2002 by Reid Hoffman. Launched on May 5, 2003. it is mainly used for professional networking, including employers posting jobs and job seekers posting their CVs
  • Myspace

    Myspace was created by Tom Anderson and Christ DeWolfe as an interactive, user-submitted network of friends, personal profiles, blogs, groups, photos, music, and videos.
  • Facebook Launched

    Facebook Launched
    Facebook was founded by Mark Zuckerberg, Dustin Moskovitz, Eduardo Saverin, Andrew McCollum, Chris Hughes.
  • Indeed Launched

    Indeed Launched
    American worldwide employment-related search engine for job listings founded by Paul Forster and Rony Kahan and launched in November 2004.
  • GoogleMaps Launched

    GoogleMaps Launched
    Founded by Jens Eilstrup Rasmussen and Lars Rasmussen. Maps is a web mapping service developed by Google. It offers satellite imagery, street maps, 360° panoramic views of streets (Street View), real-time traffic conditions (Google Traffic), and route planning for traveling by foot, car, bicycle (in beta), or public transportation.
  • Youtube Created

    Youtube Created
    Youtube was created by three former PayPal employees—Chad Hurley, Steve Chen, and Jawed Karim—in February 2005. Was one of the first popular video sharing websites.
  • Google Buys Android

    Google Buys Android
    Google bought Android back in 2005 for $50 million.
  • MacBook Pro

    MacBook Pro
    Apple introduces the MacBook Pro, its first Intel-based, dual-core mobile computer, as well as an Intel-based iMac
  • Twitter Created

    Twitter Created
    Twitter was created in March 2006 by Jack Dorsey, Noah Glass, Biz Stone, and Evan Williams and launched in July. Designed to be for an individual using an SMS service to communicate with a small group.
  • Google Buys Youtube

    Google Buys Youtube
    In November 2006, it was bought by Google for US$1.65 billion.[4] YouTube now operates as one of Google's subsidiaries.[5] The site allows users to upload, view, rate, share, add to favorites, report and comment on videos
  • Netflix Streaming Service Introduced

    Netflix announces it will begin streaming service in 2007.
  • Hulu Founded

    Hulu Founded
    Founded by Bruce Campbell, Peter Chernin, JB Perrette, Michael Lang, Beth Comstock and Jason Kilar. Hulu is a subscription video on demand service owned by Hulu LLC, a joint venture with The Walt Disney Company (through Disney-ABC Television Group) (30%), 21st Century Fox (through Fox Entertainment Group) (30%), Comcast (through NBCUniversal) (30%), and as of August 10, 2016, Time Warner (through Turner Broadcasting System) (10%, minority stake).
  • First Iphone Released

    First Iphone Released
  • Spotify Launched

    Spotify Launched
    Spotify was developed in 2006 by a team at Spotify AB, in Stockholm, Sweden. The company was founded by Daniel Ek, former CTO of Stardoll, and Martin Lorentzon, co-founder of TradeDoubler.It provides digital rights management-protected content from record labels and media companies. Unlike physical or download sales, which pay artists a fixed price per song or album sold, Spotify pays royalties based on the number of artists' streams as a proportion of total songs streamed on the service
  • Venmo Created

    Venmo Created
    Venmo was founded by two friends, Andrew Kortina and Iqram Magdon-Ismail, who met as freshman roommates at the University of Pennsylvania. According to Kortina, the idea of Venmo originated when Magdon-Ismail forgot his wallet during a trip to visit Kortina.
  • Uber Founded

    Uber Founded
    American worldwide online transportation network company was founded by Travis Kalanick and Garrett Camp. Allows consumers with smartphones to submit a trip request, which the software program then automatically sends to the Uber driver nearest to the consumer, alerting the driver to the location of the customer. Uber drivers use their own personal cars. As of August 2016, the service was available in over 66 countries and 545 cities worldwide.
  • Podcasts Patented

    In July 2009, the company VoloMedia is awarded the "Podcast patent" by the USPTO
  • Pinterest

    Pinterest was first conceptualized in December 2009 by cofounders Ben Silbermann, Evan Sharp and Paul Sciarra. The first prototype was launched in March 2010 and made available to a small group of colleagues and family members. Users can upload, save, sort, and manage images—known as pins—and other media content (e.g., videos) through collections known as pinboards.
  • First Ipad Launched

    First Ipad Launched
    Tablet computers designed, developed and marketed by Apple Inc., which run the iOS mobile operating system. The first iPad was released on April 3, 2010
  • Instagram Launched

    Instagram Launched
    Instagram was created by Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger, and launched in October 2010 as a free mobile app. A distinctive feature was that it confined photos to a square shape, similar to Kodak Instamatic and Polaroid SX-70 images, in contrast to the 4:3 aspect ratio typically used by mobile device cameras
  • Snapchat Created

    Snapchat Created
    Snapchat is an image messaging and multimedia mobile application created by Evan Spiegel, Bobby Murphy, and Reggie Brown, former students at Stanford University. When, in April 2011, Spiegel floated the product idea in front of his class as a final project, the classmates focused on the impermanent aspect of the potential product, and balked at the thought of temporary photos. Murphy first launched Snapchat as an iOS-only app in July 2011 from Evan Spiegel's living room.
  • Google Buys Motorola

    Google Buys Motorola
    Google bought Motorola for $12.5 billion in 2011.
  • Imessage Launched

    Imessage Launched
    iMessage allows users to send texts, documents, photos, videos, contact information, and group messages over Wi-Fi, mobile phone Internet access, or other forms of Internet access to other iOS or macOS users, thus providing an alternative to standard SMS/MMS messaging for most users with devices running iOS 5 or later.
  • Siri

    Siri has been an integral part of iOS since iOS 5 and was introduced as a feature of the iPhone 4S on October 14, 2011. A computer program that works as an intelligent personal assistant and knowledge navigator, part of Apple Inc.'s iOS, watchOS, macOS, and tvOS operating systems.
  • Facebook Buys Instagram

    Facebook Buys Instagram
    Facebook purchases Instagram for $1 billion.
  • Spotify Lawsuit

    Musician David Lowery is suing music-streaming site Spotify for illegally distributing several of his copyrighted songs. Lowery, the frontman for the bands Cracker and Camper van Beethoven, is seeking a minimum of $150 million in damages. According to the complaint brought by Lowery, Spotify has illegally streamed copyrighted music for over 75 million users and failed to locate the owners of those compositions for payment
  • First Apple Watch

    First Apple Watch
    Apple Watch is a line of smartwatches developed by Apple Inc. It incorporates fitness tracking and health-oriented capabilities with integration with iOS and other Apple products and services. The official release of the apple 1 watch was on April 24, 2015.