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Mass Media Timeline

  • Telephone

    “Mr. Watson, come here, I want you.” With these words, spoken by inventor Alexander Graham Bell into his experimental telephone on March 10, 1876, an industry was born.
  • Radio

    KDKA became the world's first commercial radio station.
  • Television

    The Queen's Messenger was the world's first live drama on television broadcast.
  • World Wide Web

    World Wide Web
    The World Wide Web is a system of interlinked hypertext documents that are accessed via the Internet. With a web browser, one can view web pages that may contain text, images, videos, and other multimedia and navigate between them via hyperlinks.
  • Text Messaging

    Text Messaging
    British engineer Neil Papworth sent the first ever SMS from his computer to his friend's Orbitel 901 phone.
  • Netflix

    The idea of Netflix came about when founder Reed Hastings was forced to pay $40 in overdue fines after returning Apollo 13 well past its due date.
  • iPod

    Changed the way we listen to, store, and purchase music.
  • iTunes

    The iTunes Store was launched to provide a virtual store where people can buy and download digital music on-demand. Today, it is the largest seller of digital music in the U.S. and has sold over 10 billion songs.
  • Facebook

    Initially created for Harvard and Ivy League student networking, Facebook now allows anyone over the age of 13 to be a member and had over one billion active users as of September 2012.
  • Twitter

    Twitter had more than 100 million users who in 2012 posted 340 million tweets per day. The service also handled 1.6 billion search queries per day. In 2013 Twitter was one of the ten most-visited websites, and has been described as "the SMS of the Internet."