The social media platforms that we know today have not always been there. It is the 21st century that has brought along with it the trend to remain connected via social media websites, a true blend of Internet and technology. If we are to rewind a bit into the past, social media usage was not as high as it is in the present. But how and when did the journey of these spectacular social media platforms actually begin?
If you have been around on the Internet since the beginning of the 2000s, you may as well remember Flixster, Friendster and Orkut. With the rise of Facebook, these social media platforms went down and today, Facebook is the most widely used social media website with over 2.38 billion users! If we go back to the very beginning in 1971, we can regard e-mail as a type of social media, because that was the first mode of connecting with each other via the Internet.
Social media has become a trendsetter for many other phenomena, which didn't exist before the 21st century. Selfies and social media marketing are just two such examples. We can also say that the revolution of high Internet speed has also accounted for the popularity of social media platforms. High uploads and downloads have made sharing content more possible, faster and easier than ever.
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We have all kinds of social media platforms today, some are even dedicated to a special purpose. For instance, you can use Pinterest to create virtual boards and save photos across various categories that you are interested in. Similarly, TikTok and Youtube are all about videos. As the world becomes more connected, the number of social media users are only expected to grow, on almost every platform. To view the complete chronological journey of social media all the way from e-mail to Whatsapp and more, have a look at the infographic below.
Infographic by: Zenesys