Ever wondered which was the first social network? We’ve listed the significant milestones in the development of social media throughout history in a handy infographic.

Social media has changed the world immensely in a minuscule amount of time in historical terms. From how we communicate, consume news and information, research and work, to how we organise ourselves and our lives.

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If you’d prefer this timeline in text form, here it is:

Timeline of Social Media

BC

Carrier pigeon / post

1440

Print Press

1792

Telegraph

1876

Telephone

1895

Radio

1925

TV 

1973

Community Memory – The first online social network. A simple bulletin board system where users read and posted messages using keywords and search functions.

1978

Computerized Bulletin Board System – A more advanced system to Community Memory.

1980-1981

Usenet

Prodigy

CompuServe

These networks included news reports, weather reports, sports reports, at home shopping, online games, chat and file sharing.

1991

America Online (AOL) provided a network and paid internet access.

1994

Links.net was the first blog created by US college student Justin Hall. He called it his personal homepage.

1995

Geocities

The Globe

Classmates

1997

The term “weblog” was coined.

SixDegrees was one of the first sites to allow users to create and browse profiles and groups.

1998

Open Diary

2000

Friends Reunited

2001

Wikipedia

Stumbleupon

2002

Friendster

Technorati

2003

Myspace was the first significantly popular social network.

LinkedIn

Couch surfing

LastFM

WordPress Blog hosting

2004

Facebook

Care2 Digg

Gmail Flickr

2005

YouTube

Reddit

2006

Twitter

Google acquired YouTube

WikiLeaks

Spotify

2007

iphone – the birth of the smart phone.

Soundcloud

2010

Instagram

Pinterest

What’s App

2011

Snapchat

Wechat

Google Plus

2012

Tinder

2015

Periscope

 

Angie Smith

About Angie Smith

Angela started the company in 2007 after working in various media including radio, Yellow Pages as well as on the advertising agency side. She has a passion for media planning across channels, strategy, development and negotiation and really loves working with clients in growing their businesses and brands. She has worked with many brands large and small including local, national and multi-nationals. Angie’s pastimes include travel, food, entertaining.