If today, we couldn’t image our lives without social media, not so long ago, social media was at its beginning. There’s no denying that over the course of its development, social media has helped shape society. If this is for the best or not depends on who you ask. Still, the effect of social media on our lives is undeniable. If you can’t remember when you first got acquainted with social media, and what were its biggest moments, take a look at the following outline that shows how has social media changed society.
How Has Social Media Changed Society: Biggest Highlights
The Birth of Facebook
The year 2004 will forever be the year in which Facebook was founded. However, did you know that Facebook wasn’t the only social media channel to start its journey in 2004? Flickr also launched that year, and it’s still an influential platform to this day.
The Launch of YouTube
Another memorable moment in the timeline of social media is the launch of YouTube, which happened in 2005. Can you believe that before that, we couldn’t look for songs and funny cat videos on such a platform? Two other important things happened in 2005, namely the launch of Bebo, and Yahoo’s introduction of Social Commerce.
Twitter Launch and Facebook Evolution
The year 2006 was a pretty game-changing one. That’s because Twitter launched, and Facebook started to become available to the general public. Google also acquired YouTube, and as a result, YouTube introduced their ads for the first time.
The Start of Tumblr
2007 was a rather slow year in what concerns the evolution of social media. Even so, there’s one notable event that transformed the way people relate to social media, and that’s the launch of the world-famous platform Tumblr.
Facebook and YouTube Gain Momentum
The years 2008 and 2009 were extremely productive for Facebook and YouTube. The former surpassed MySpace in number of users in 2008, and created the “like” button in 2009, while the latter reached 1 billion views every single day in 2009.
More Social Media Platforms Launch
If in 2010, the most relevant event was Twitter launching their sponsored tweets, in 2011, Snapchat, Pinterest, and Google Plus launched, taking the social media world by storm.
Milestones Are Reached
2012 was a year of milestones, both for Facebook and Pinterest. Facebook reached one billion users, and also acquired Instagram, and Pinterest reached 10 million visitors faster than any other site in history. In 2013, Vine launched, and YouTube introduced paid channels. That same year, Twitter reached 500 million users, and Yahoo acquired Tumblr. In 2014, Facebook turned 10, and Ellen DeGeneres took an Oscar selfie that became the most retweeted one in history.
Video Sharing Apps Become Popular
Even though at this point, you could share videos with your friend on multiple platforms, in 2015, two apps dedicated to video sharing launched, namely Periscope and Meerkat.
In 2016, the biggest social media news was the fact that Yahoo discontinued their services for Mac, Windows, Solaris, and Linux customers, focusing only on Yahoo Messenger on iOS, Android, and web customers.
Only by looking at its evolution, you can tell how has social media changed society and brought people the unique ability to be connected to each other at all times.
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