The history of social media



CompuServe was the first major online service which started in the United States. The first dedicated chatroom service, CompuServe's CB simulator was launched in the year 1980.

1995 was a social networking service, founded by Randy Conrads to help users find classmates and colleagues from school, college, workplaces and the U.S. military.


AOL Messenger

AOL Instant Messenger (AIM) was released by America online in May 1997. The software, maintained by AOL Inc., at one time had the largest share of the instant messaging market in North America.



Three friends who founded a start-up in San Francisco called Pyra Labs created a tool called "Blogger", a blogging software, which was later acquired by Google.



Friendster, formerly a social networking website, was founded by a Canadian computer programmer, Jonathan Abrams. Later, it was redesigned into a social gaming site.


Founded in December 2002 and launched in May 2003, LinkedIn is a business-oriented social networking website with their headquarters at Mountain View, California, US.



Myspace is a social networking site with a strong music emphasis. It was launched in July 2003 with headquarters in Beverly Hills, California. Myspace is owned by Specific Media LLC and Justin Timberlake, an American singer and actor.



Facebook, formerly TheFacebook, was started by Mark Zuckerberg with his college roommate from Harvard University. Initially open only to Harvard students, and later to a few other colleges in the Ivy League, it was made open to everybody over the age of 13 in September 2006.


Flickr, an image hosting and video hosting website, was created by Ludicorp in 2004. It was later acquired by Yahoo in 2005.



Twitter was launched in July 2006, where registered users can read and post "tweets", short 14-character messages, while unregistered users could only read them.


Tumblr, a microblogging and social networking site, was launched in the year 2006 by David Karp. It was later acquired by Yahoo! Inc. in 2013 for about $1.1 billion.



Foursquare, a local search and discovery service was launched by Dennis Crowley and Naveen Selvadurai in 2009. Foursquare is an application that allows check-ins from any place world-wide, with 45 million registered users.



Instagram was created by Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger, and launched in October 2010. The famous "hashtag" from the twitter fame was added to Instagram in January 2011, which helped users to discover photos and other users.


Google Plus

Google plus was launched in the year 2011 by Google Inc. Initially an invitation-only platform, it was later made open to the public over the age of 18. It later then opened up to teenagers (over the age of 13).