The History of Social Networks goes backto cavemen who probably posted up ontheir walls the best places to hunt &gather and share what types of toolswere good for different things.
Being connected to the world around us hasnever been more easy and accessible than it istoday. Reaching people around the world with a “click” it is not a dream anymore, and it is part of our daily life.
We could say that 1971, when the first e-mailwas sent, is the starting point of this new wayof communicate. “qwertyuiop” was the first text sent with an e-mail, it is usually the top line a a keybord and the longest word you can make out of it is “typewriter” ...coincidence?
1978, BBS exchanged data over phone lines- A Bulletin Board System is a computer system running software that allows users to connect and log in to thesystem using a terminal program.-Once logged in, a user can perform functions such asuploading and downloading software and data, readingnews and bulletins, and exchanging messages with otherusers, either through email or in public message boards.-Originally BBSes were accessed only over a phone lineusing a modem.
-Ward Christensen coined the term "Bulletin Board System" as a reference to the traditional cork-and-pin bulletin board often found in entrances of supermarkets, schools, libraries or other public areas where people can post messages, advertisements, or community news.By "computerizing" this method ofcommunications, the name of the first BBSsystem was born: CBBS - ComputerizedBulletin Board System. Bulletin Board Systems were in many ways a precursor to the modern form of the world wide web, social network services and other aspects of the internet.
1994 : GEOCITIES is founded. It is one of the first social networking sites. In its original form, site users selected a “city” in wich to place their web pages. The cities were named after real cities or region according to their content (computer related sites were placed in “Silicon Valley and those dealing with entertainment were assigned to “hollywood”)In 1996, GeoCities had 29 "neighborhoods," which had groupings ofcontent created by the "homesteaders" (GeoCities users).[By 1999, GeoCities had additional neighborhoods and refocused existingneighborhoods such as:Area 51 : science fictions and fantasyBroadway : theater and performing artsCollegePark : university lifeFashion Avenue : fashionNashville : country musicNapa Valley : winePetsburgh : pets
1997 : AOL INSTANT MESSENGER andSIXDEGREES.COM are founded.SixDegrees.com was a social network website that lastedfour years.It wa s named after the six degrees separationconcept and allowed users to list friends, family membersand other users; external contacts were invited to join the site.Users could send messages and post bulletin board items to people in theirfirst, second, and third degrees, and see their connection to any other user onthe site. It was one of the first manifestations of social networking websites as we know them today. Instant messaging programs become more and more popular among the web users that start to get used to personal profile creations and listing friends.
In 2002 was launched FRIENDSTER,pioneer of the online connection amongREAL-WORLD FRIENDS.Its user-base grows to 3 million users in the first three months! It was considered one of the original and even the "grandaddy" of social networks. FRIENDSTER became popular in Southeast Asia and even today it is a major site in that region of the world.-The service allowed users to contact other members, maintain thosecontacts, and share online content and media with those contacts.-The website was also used for dating and discovering new events, bands,and hobbies.-Users could share videos, photos, messages and comments with othermembers via their profile and their network.
In 2003 appeared first conceived as a Friendster clone. Its first version was coded in about 10 days. eUniverse used its 20 million users ande-mail subscribers to breathe life intoMySpace, and move it to the head of thepack of social networking websites. Myspace profiles for musicians in the websites Music section differ from normal profiles in allowing artists to upload their entire discographies consisting of MP3 songs.
is a social network service and website launched in February, originally as a way of connecting U.S. College students 2004In March, Facebook expanded to Stanford, Columbia and Yale. It soon openedto other schools like NY University, MIT and many Canadian colleges. 2005 The domain name facebook.com was bought for $200,000 Facebook was then opened on September 26, 2006, to 2006 everyone of age 13 and older with a valid email address. Today Facebook has more than 845 million active users. 2012 Users must register before using the site, after which they may create a personal profile, add other users as friends, and exchange messages, including automatic notifications when they update their profile. Additionally, users may join common-interest user groups, organized by workplace, school or college, or other characteristics, and categorize their friends into lists such as "People From Work" or "Close Friends".
2006: was createdTwitter is an online microblogging and social networkingservice that enables its users to send and read text-basedposts of up to 140 characters, known as "tweets". The service rapidly gained worldwide popularity, with over 300 million users as of 2011,generating over 300 million tweets.Users may subscribe to other users tweets’ following subscribers followers or tweeps (Twitter+peeps). Twitter emphasized its news and information-network strategy in November 2009 by changing the question asked to users for status updates from "What are you doing?" to "Whats happening?"
List of virtual communities with more than 100 million users: Active user Name Date accounts Facebook 800+ million September 2011 Qzone 536 million December 2011 Twitter 380+ million November 2011 Windows live 330+ million June 2009 Tencent Veibo 310 million December 2011 Habbo 230 million September 2011 Skype 200 million January 2012 Vkontakte 145+ million  February 2012 Badoo 121+ million July 2011 Bebo 117 million July 2010 Linkednl 100+ million March 2011 Google+ 100 million February 2012
Conclusions:We have all witnessed how far socialnetworking has seeped into day to day living;news broadcasters calling for Tweet views,appointments being made purely overLinkedIn, entire conversations being had inpublic and online – from different corners ofthe world. Examining the fascinating history ofsocial media leads to just one conclusion –unpredictability will continue to reign.It is impossible to accurately foretell whatplatforms will stay in favour, which will berejected and when the next will be launched,particularly when the social networksthemselves have become such strong andinfluential brands. As an online community weare fickle creatures; but one thing’s for sure,there is plenty more room for growth.