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Social Network Sites: Definition, History, and Scholarship. The History and Evolution of Social Media. Social media has become an integral part of modern society.

The History and Evolution of Social Media

There are general social networks with user bases larger than the population of most countries. There are niche sites for virtually every special interest out there. There are sites to share photos, videos, status updates, sites for meeting new people and sites to connect with old friends. It seems there are social solutions to just about every need. In this article, we’ll review the history and evolution of social media from its humble beginnings to the present day.

Precursors to Social Media Usernets Usenet systems were first conceived of in 1979 by Tom Truscott and Jim Ellis. Usenets have no centralized server or dedicated administrator, setting them apart from most BBSs and forums. Group sites such as Google Groups and Yahoo! BBSs (Bulletin Board Systems) The first BBSs came online in the late 70s. While there were legitimate BBSs, most were at least somewhat involved in illicit, illegal, or other shady practices. The Evolution of Social Media. Today, it’s difficult to imagine life without social media.

The Evolution of Social Media

Many of us wouldn’t know what to do with ourselves if we couldn’t update our network with a current relationship status, favorite band or lunch ideas. While it may seem that social media is the relative new kid on the block with the more recent popularity of platforms such as Facebook and Twitter, this isn’t a new fad. Social media, in one form or another has been around since the 1970’s. Although the look and feel has changed greatly since the early days, the communication concept remains the same. Today technology allows for a greater interaction and real-time communication but similar to its roots, social media allows individuals to broadcast to the masses. Take a photo tour of the evolution of social media with us. Bulletin Board Systems (BBS) The BBS began as a virtual imitation of bulletin boards found in community halls, schools and grocery stores.

Profile sites Friendster In 2002, Friendster was launched. MySpace Facebook. Nov 23, 2007 - China Leads the US in Digital Self-Expression. Social Networking (The Shorter Version): Past, Present, Future. This blog post originally appeared in serialized form here on TechCrunch.

Social Networking (The Shorter Version): Past, Present, Future

This version is the shorter, ADHD version. If you came here via a direct link you might want to check out the more detailed full version on my blog, which is here. I recently spoke at Caltech at the Caltech / MIT Enterprise Forum on “the future of social networking,” the 30-minute video is here and the PowerPoint presentation is here on DocStoc). What I want to answer with this post (long though it may be) is: Why did Web 2.0 emerge and are there any lessons to be gained about the future? The Past (1985-2002) We have been using social networks for 25+ years. The Bridge Between Online Services & The Internet Then came AOL. Brands didn’t advertise their web pages they advertised “AOL Keywords.” Social Networking in Web 1.0 By the mid-nineties we had the World Wide Web, which gave us a standard way to publish web pages using HTML. Yahoo! China IWOM Blog- Making Sense of the Buzz. launched a new online product, “ Free Group Purchase ”, at 5 p.m. on the 1st of March, encouraging users to initiate a group purchase on any product they want. This “C2B” group purchase would be achievedas long as they round up enough participants. So far, more than 15,000 group purchases have been started, 100 of which have been successful. Social platform has at last launched a web version. For what is essentially a Pinterest clone, this web version features organizing and sharing features for foodies to share photos of all their favorite eats. You’re also able to search for the hottest content (or shoulf that be filling?) released its 2011 yearly report on users’ consumption data on 27 th of February. Starbucks China have released their first App (click to download) for iPhone and Android. {*style:<b>Social Strategy Guidebook </b>*} Twitter is planning to expand its advertisement services on iPhone and Google Android devices.