Social Media History

By mdd94
  • First Social Media Site is Created

    First Social Media Site is Created
    SixDegrees.com is lauched, becoming the first social media site. You were able to set up a profile page, make connections, and send messages. Similar to LinkedIn. Shutdown in 2000.
  • Hot or Not is Launched

    Hot or Not is Launched
    Hot or Not (amIHotorNot.com) is launched. The site allowed users to upload pictures of themselves, and other users could rate their attractiveness.
  • Friendster is Created

    Friendster is Created
    Friendster is launched in 2002. At first was meant to be a dating site, however moved to allow users to fine others with similar interests to make friends.
  • MySpace Comes Along

    MySpace Comes Along
    Popular among teens, MySpace allowed users to create profiles which featured the users interests in music, videos. Profiles were also public and visible to anyone.
  • Mark Zuckerberg's Appears - Facemash

    Mark Zuckerberg's Appears - Facemash
    Facemash launched in 2003, some said was the answer to Hot or Not.
  • The Facebook

    The Facebook
    Facemash was renamed to The Facebook, its one millionth user was also registered this year.
  • The Facebook We Know Today

    The Facebook We Know Today
    In 2005, Facebook dropped the The, when it purchased the domain facebook.com
  • LinkedIn Emerges

    LinkedIn Emerges
    LinkedIn is launched, but its not your normal social media site. This site was created for professionals and business to network and make connections.
  • Youtube Launches

    Youtube Launches
    The first site dedicated for just uploading videos that anyone can view.
  • Here Comes Twitter

    Here Comes Twitter
    Twitter launches in 2006, allowing users to create profiles, and make posts. However "tweets" were limited to 140 characters.
  • LinkedIn adds Premium Options

    LinkedIn adds Premium Options
    LinkedIn was the first site to add premium packages, which users had to pay for. Allowing the site to generate revenue
  • Youtube Launches Partnership Program

    Youtube Launches Partnership Program
    In 2007 Youtube launches their partnership program which allows creators to profit off of advertisements on their videos.
  • A New Player Comes Along - Tumblr

    A New Player Comes Along - Tumblr
    Tumblr Launches. Another different kind of site, a combination of twitter and youtube in a blogging format.
  • The Hashtag

    The Hashtag
    With twitter having the limited characters. The Hashtag was born and exclusive to the site at the time. Users could search hashtags to find similar tweets.
  • Farmville - A Game Integrated with Facebook

    Farmville - A Game Integrated with Facebook
    Farmville was a game you could only play on Facebook. Users could invite their Facebook friends to their virtual farm.
  • Check In with FourSquare

    Check In with FourSquare
    FourSquare was the first app, that allowed users to check-in at places using your location. This allowed users to share where they have been with their friends.
  • A New "Dating" App - Grindr

    A New "Dating" App - Grindr
    Grindr is a dating app that is geared towards gay and bi men, allowed users to meet other near by using geolocating. This also introduced the idea of hook-up culture.
  • Instagram is Created

    Instagram is Created
    Instagram is launched in 2010. Different from Twitter and Facebook, only allows users to create posts with photos or videos.
  • Pinning with Pinterest

    Pinning with Pinterest
    Pinterest was launched in 2010. Another photo sharing platform that allowed users to bookmark posts. This site was mainly popular for women.
  • Snapchat Enters the Chat

    Snapchat Enters the Chat
    Snapchat was launched in 2011, the app allowed users to send "snaps" and chats to other users, but they would disappear after opened.
  • Facebook hits a milestone

    Facebook hits a milestone
    In 2014 Facebook hit One Billion Users. This happens after only 8 years after its creation.
  • Year of the Selfie

    Year of the Selfie
    Twitter announces that 2014 the year of the selfie, after Ellen DeGeneres's famous Oscar's Selfie which included a lot of people.
  • Livestreaming on Facebook?

    Livestreaming on Facebook?
    Facebook Live is introduced in 2016, allowing users to go Live on their platform and share what they are currently doing in real time.
  • Instagram Takes an Idea from Snapchat

    Instagram Takes an Idea from Snapchat
    Instagram launches stories in 2016, taking the idea from snapchat. Instagram allowed users to post 'stories' which could be pictures or videos which would disappear after 24 hours.
  • A New Addicting Platform - TikTok

    A New Addicting Platform - TikTok
    TikTok is launched in 2017. Allows users to share short videos. This would open the way for all the crazy dancing trends seen today.
  • Twitter Doubles Character Limit

    Twitter Doubles Character Limit
    In 2017, Twitter announces the character limit for a tweet has doubled from 140 characters to 280.
  • Longer Videos on Instagram?

    Longer Videos on Instagram?
    Instagram launches IGTV as a part of their app. Allowing users to post videos anywhere from 1 minute to 1 hour.
  • Parler - Free Speech Protected

    Parler - Free Speech Protected
    With president at the time Donald Trump being banned from social media platforms. Parler is created with the purpose of protecting free speech and being unbias.
  • Parler is No More

    Parler is No More
    Parler is shut down due to lack of moderation, and being considered a public safety threat.