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The Gadget Life: A History of Social Networking


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The Gadget Life: A History of Social Networking

  1. 1. The Gadget Life:A History of ourSocial Networks by: @rykidd Flickr: MartinKuhn
  2. 2. The first instant-messaging system was called ICQ, and was developed in 1988. It is attributed with the creation of our favorite internet abbreviations. (BRB, LOL) source: Flickr: eurleif
  3. 3. Soon after ICQ came dating interaction, as websites beganmarketing towards finding lovers as opposed to friends. source: Flickr: Danijel Šivinjski
  4. 4. The first major breakthrough in Social Networking was thecreation of LiveJournal, a social network that relied on constantly updated blogs to connect with one another. Flickr: Darkchild69
  5. 5. Friendster and Hi5 were next on the scene, arriving as primitive social networks that lacked the true following needed to succeed.Friendster is still operational,receiving 90% oftheir unique hits from Asia. source: Flickr: lemondrop
  6. 6. LinkedIn, the world’s first social network geared strictly towards business, was released in 2003 and is still used by many employees and employers around the globe.source: Flickr: lemondrop
  7. 7. By 2003, Myspace had been invented as a social network that blended music and friends together, ultimately making it the most popular social network in 2006 with over 100 million users.source: rileyroxx
  8. 8. Myspace was originally bought for 580 million in 2005, and valued in the billions by 2006.Instead of focusing on peer-to-peer networking, they chose to keep pushing their social network around entertainment/music. The company is now worth between 50-100 million dollars today.source: EudaldCJ
  9. 9. source: Flickr: EudaldCJ“The bell has been tolling for MySpace for years, with users leaving thesite pretty much as they found it: as a place to hear what a band soundslike and see what they look like in a matter of seconds, rather than as aplace where they establish an online identity and communicate withfriends.”
  10. 10. Flickr: laughingsquidSoon after came Facebook in 2004, and it expanded outside of Harvard by late 2006 as one of the premier social networks.
  11. 11. Now in 2011, Facebook has become the largest and most influential social network on the internet.Flickr: kevinthoule
  12. 12. In 2011, Myspace only receives around 10% of the site traffic that Facebook does, with Myspace collecting around 18 million visitors a month.Flickr: .mused
  13. 13. These statistics represent the monthly unique visitors around early 2009. source:
  14. 14. Flickr: MichaelNWLenses Even as early as two years ago, Myspace was still incompetition Facebook for the dominant social networking spot, with over 125 million users a month.
  15. 15. This graph shows’s decline in web traffic since May 5th, 2010, falling from 50+ million to just under 20 million visitors.
  16. 16. With Myspace on the decline, people began to look for other ways to connect with each other besides Facebook.Flickr: Hankplank
  17. 17. source: Flickr: LaughingSquidTwitter was introduced in 2006 but has recently experienceda surge in popularity, having increased their yearly traffic by80 million users since May of 2010.
  18. 18. According to the Twitter staff, over 460 000 accounts are created each day.source: rileyroxx
  19. 19. On average, there are 140 million tweets per day ...That’s a lot of tweets! source: Flickr: Bene
  20. 20. More and more people are beginning to embrace the world of social networking each day. The decision between networks is tough but there’s only one thing to remember...Flickr: NationalLibrary
  21. 21. Don’t get left behind!Flickr: ’