The History Of Social Media

It’s obvious that the “Social Media Revolution” has changed our culture in a big way. Most people think it started with Facebook, or YouTube, or (dare I say it) MySpace. But the truth is, the internet has always been social.

I like the way that Beth Hayden says it over at Copyblogger:

So the concept behind Facebook, LinkedIn, and other social networking tools isn’t new. These sites just give us new, sexy, and easy-to use ways to do what we’ve always wanted to do online — exchange ideas and information.

Below is a brilliantly done infographic that shows a timeline for the history of the internet and social media as we know it today. It’s beautifully done, and fascinating to read through the evolution. Check it out:

history of social media infographic

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So there you have it. Proof that the internet has always been social. It was only a matter of time before technology and the “media” aspect caught up and super-charged the way we share our thoughts, ideas, and relationships online.

I especially love the dinosaur at the beginning of the timeline– brilliant.

I think it’s safe to say that was the first Facebook. While focused on reuniting with old classmates, Facebook was started with the idea of connecting with current classmates and peers (in college). Facebook has since broadened it’s reach to ages 13 and up.


Where would you place yourself on the timeline? At what point did you start using this giant monster called the “internet”?

I would say I place myself right around the “” era. I was a big fan of good ‘ol Jeeves in the beginning. I also was pretty active on MySpace in the beginning. I didn’t quite catch on to Facebook until 2007! That’s 3 years after it was made public. Once Facebook really took off though, I began neglecting MySpace and focusing entirely on Facebook.

I joined Twitter while at a Catalyst Conference in 2009. It seemed like it was really taking off and I was curious.

When Google+ was first released as a beta, invite-ONLY network, I was all over it! I scoured the internet for an invite and got one. It was love at first sight. I’m now focusing the majority of my social media presence there. Though Twitter is still one of my favorite social mediums.

So what about you? Let me know where you land on the History of Social Media timeline! You can leave a comment by clicking here.

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5 responses to “The History Of Social Media”

  1. Brandon Gilliland Avatar

    I’m really interested in it actually. How much time does it consume? Also, is it possible to synch Google+ with my blog to have it automatically post?

    By doing this, will it increase traffic to my site via search engines and everything?

    I might be setting up this account soon. I’m just hesitant to have multiple social media accounts. Too bad there can’t just be one! haha

  2. Dustin W. Stout Avatar

    Oh, and I’ll also add– Google+ gets my posts indexed by Google much faster. Which is why my SEO has skyrocketed! #bonustip 😉

  3. Dustin W. Stout Avatar

    Looking at the past 3 months I’ve gotten 30% more traffic from Google+ than I did from Twitter.

    You’re wondering why you need a Google+ account at this time is exactly what the majority of people are asking. And it’s the same question most people were asking when Twitter first came out– same goes for Facebook when it first came out. The question for those who are innovators, thought leaders, and change-makers are asking is, “How can I capitalize on it and establish myself before everyone else.”

    Building a platform before the masses come is takes the Average Joe to Michael Hyatt.

  4. Brandon Gilliland Avatar

    Cool graphic! I am curious though…

    How much traffic do you get from Google+ versus Twitter? I have been pleased with the results I have seen from Twitter, but I am wondering why I would need a Google+ account at this time?

  5. Bruce Avatar

    Love this infographic! I would say my journey started back in 2003 with MySpace. I’m not proud of it– but we all had to start somewhere!

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