If you’re a history buff, or you simply like looking at info-packed infographics, this one’s for you: a complete history of the evolution of social networks, from the 1960s to today.
In the early days of social, there was BBS or Bulletin Board System. Remember those? If you do, don’t feel old – you’re part of a revolution! This was one of the first ways that people used the internet to send messages back and forth, and upload data to share with one another. It’s like the first Facebook!
That was back in the 1970s though, and things have definitely changed.
Moving into the 80s, there was GEnie, an online forum where people had discussions and played games – but without any graphics. GEnie was text-based, and although it was social, it died out in the 90s.
And the 90s were indeed a time of social revolution – out with the old and in with the new. Craigslist dominated in the 90s, along with Geocities and America Online. In the late 90s ICQ took center stage, followed shortly by LiveJournal.
Moving into the 2000s, networks that more closely resemble what we call “social networks” today started popping up: Habbo, friendster, LinkedIn and MySpace. Then, of course, there’s Facebook’s birth in 2004, followed by Twitter in 2006. And, following the timeline right to 2011-2012, you’ll even see the newest members of the social club like Google+ and getlunched.com.
Where is all of this headed? No one knows – but you’ll understand the future better if you know the past. Take a look at the infographic below for a full understanding of the timeline of social networks (click to enlarge):
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