Social media in the digital age
Anyone familiar with the internet is also likely to be a frequent Facebook, Twitter or Instragram user, sending out messages to friends across the globe or simply sharing a photo with their followers. But just a few decades ago, social media was practically nonexistant. Here is a list chronicling the evolution of social media in the internet age.
Yahoo! Geocities was a web hosting service founded in 1994 which allowed users to create web pages and place them in specific "cities" based on their subject. The United States Geocities service was shut down by Yahoo! in 2009.
Friendster was founded in 2002 by Jonathan Abrams and was one of the first social media sites to let users share contact info and interact with others. The site was re-branded as a social gaming platform in 2011.
Classmates was founded in 1995 to help users find friends from elementary school, high school, college, and the military. The site aims to help users connect over nostalgic items like yearbook photos, favorite songs, and movie trailers.
Bebo, which stands for "Blog Early, Blog Often," is a social media site founded in 2005.
Myspace was the most popular social networking site of the late 90s and early 2000s before being overtaken by Facebook. The site lets users create their own profile page and interact with friends and celebrities.
Blogster fuses personal blog sites with social media to allow users to create their own blog while also commenting on other users' sites and creating friends lists. The site was founded in 2004.
Match.com allows users to search for a potential romantic partner by creating a profile of their likes, dislikes, and hobbies.
Reddit is a forum where users can interact and talk about past experiences, share photos and links, and create communities of users with similar interests.
Cupid.com is another popular dating service that matches users based on their profile information and relationship preferences. The site was founded in 2005.
LinkedIn is a social media site for professionals to network and display their skills and portfolios for potential employers.
Founded in 2003, Photobucket allows users to upload their photo galleries for other users to see and comment on. The site also archives a user's photos in the cloud.
Facebook is the most popular and widely recognized social media site in the world. Facebook was founded by a group of Harvard students including Mark Zuckerberg in 2004.
YouTube is one of the web's most popular video sharing sites, allowing users to create their own channels for uploading original web videos, music, and animation. Users can also comment on videos and follow their favorite channels.
Tumblr allows users to create their own blogging sites.
Twitter users are restricted to sending out messages of 140 characters per "Tweet" which makes reading multiple posts quick and easy.
Instragram is a social media site made for sharing photos and videos through Facebook and Twitter. Users can add filters and other enhancements to their photographs as well as take 15 second videos similar to Vine.
Pinterest is a virtual pinboard where users can post photos of their favorite clothing, new recipes, and other interests to share with others.
Vine allows users to create mini videos spanning only a few seconds on their phones or tablets which play infinitely on a loop.