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The Dawning

Yahoo's GeoCities, Create Your Own Website!

1994

Beverly Hills Internet (BHI) started Geocities, which allowed users to create their own websites modeled after types of urban areas. GeoCities would cross the one million member mark by 1997. There were 38 million user Web pages on GeoCities before it was shut down for United States users in 2009. Yahoo, which opened as a major Internet search engine and index in 1994, owns GeoCities today and offers it only as a web hosting service for Japan.

Blackboard, the 1st Online Education Management system.

1997

Blackboard is founded as an online course management system for educators and learners.

SixDegrees.com, Create a profile and list your friends!

1997

SixDegrees.com lets users create profiles and list friends.

1 Million Websites!

1997

The Web had one million sites.

AOL Instant Chat!

1997

AOL Instant Messenger lets users chat.

Blogging Begins!

1997

Blogging begins.

Google was born!

1998

Google opens as a major Internet search engine and index.

UK's FriendsReunited, the 1st SN Remembered!

1999

UK's FriendsReunited, 1st Social Network!

Dot.com Bubble Burst!

2000

Dot.com Bubble Burst!

Wikipedia & Apple's iPods were born!

2001

Wikipedia & Apple's iPods were born!

US Friendster, 3 Million users in 3 Months!

2002

US Friendster, 3 Million users in 3 Months!

MySpace cloned Friendster!

2003

MySpace cloned Friendster!

SecondLife, the virtual world was launched!

2003

SecondLife, the virtual world was launched!

Digg, Share your findings & make them Social News!

2004

Digg, Share your findings & make them Social News!

Facebook, as a college version of Friendster!

2004

Facebook, as a college version of Friendster!

Podcasting & Flickr Image Hosting began!

2004

Podcasting & Flickr Image Hosting began!

After The Dawn

Bebo = Blog Early, Blog Often was born!

2005

Bebo = Blog Early, Blog Often was born!

YouTube began storing and retrieving videos.

2005

YouTube began storing and retrieving videos.

Facebook, Now Available for High Schools!

2005

Facebook, Now Available for High Schools!

Twitter was born for social networking and microblogging!

2006

Twitter was launched as a social networking and microblogging site, enabling members to send and receive 140-character messages called tweets.

Facebook, Open for anyone over age 13.

2006

Facebook membership was expanded and opened to anyone over age 13.

MySpace, the US most popular Social Network!

2006

MySpace was the most popular social networking site in the U.S. However, based on monthly unique visitors, Facebook would take away that lead later, in 2008.

Facebook initiated Facebook Platform for 3rd-Party Apps.

2007

Facebook initiated Facebook Platform which let third-party developers create applications (apps) for the site.

Facebook Beacon Ad system, attacked by privacy advocates!

2007

Facebook launched its Beacon advertising system, which exposed user purchasing activity. Beacon sent data from external websites to Facebook so targeted advertisements could be presented. The civic action group MoveOn.org and many others protested it as an invasion of privacy. Beacon was shut down in 2009.

Apple released the iPhone multimedia and Internet smartphone.

Facebook surpassed Myspace!

2008

Facebook surpassed MySpace in the total number of monthly unique visitors. Meanwhile, Facebook tried unsuccessfully to buy Twitter.

Google saw 1 trillion unique URLs!

2009

Google saw one trillion unique URLs – after eliminating duplicate entries.

Microsoft's Bing was launched!

2009

Microsoft's Bing joined Yahoo and Google as major search engines on the Internet.

Twitter broke a hard news story before journalists!

2009

Citizen journalists everywhere were electrified when Twitter broke a hard news story about a plane crash in the Hudson River. The New York Times later reported a user on a ferry had sent a tweet, "There's a plane in the Hudson. I'm on the ferry going to pick up the people. Crazy."

Facebook was ranked #1 worldwide!

2009

Facebook ranked as the most-used social network worldwide with more than 200 million. The site's traffic was twice that of MySpace.

"Unfriend", the new word in Oxford American Disctionary!

2009

Unfriend was the New Oxford American Dictionary word of the year.

The internet had at least 27 billion web pages!

2009

The Internet had at least 27 billion web pages and could have had as many as 58 billion web pages. They changed so many times a day it was nearly impossible to count.

25% of the Earth's population used the internet!

2009

It's estimated that a quarter of Earth's population used the Internet.

Pinterest is launched for Social Photo Sharing from a small apartment!

2010

Pinterest, social photo sharing is launched from a small apartment!

Facebook, 400+ million users!

2010

Facebook's rapid growth moved it above 400 million users, while MySpace users declined to 57 million users, down from a peak of about 75 million.

1.97 billion people are using Internet!

2010

It was estimated the population of Internet users was 1.97 billion. That was almost 30 percent of the global population.

US Democrats hired Social Media Manager to oversee Obama's Campaign!

2010

The Democratic National Committee advertised for a social networks manager to oversee President Barack Obama's accounts on Facebook, Twitter and MySpace.

Internet is #1 news source for Americans.

2010

The Internet had surpassed newspapers as a primary way for Americans to get news, according to the Pew Internet and American Life Project. The Internet was the third most popular news platform, with many users looking to social media and personalized feeds for news. National and local TV stations were strong, but the Internet was ahead of national and local newspapers.

Google launched Buzz to compete!

2010

To compete with Facebook and Twitter, Google launched Buzz, a social networking site integrated with the company's Gmail. It was reported that in the first week, millions of Gmail users created 9 million posts.

Apple released the iPad tablet computer with advanced multimedia and Internet capabilities.

AOL sold the relatively-unsuccessful Bebo social media site to Criterion Capital Partners.

The Democratic National Committee advertised for a social networks manager to oversee President Barack Obama's accounts on Facebook, Twitter and MySpace.

It was estimated the population of Internet users was 1.97 billion. That was almost 30 percent of the global population.

The Internet had surpassed newspapers as a primary way for Americans to get news, according to the Pew Internet and American Life Project. The Internet was the third most popular news platform, with many users looking to social media and personalized feeds for news. National and local TV stations were strong, but the Internet was ahead of national and local newspapers.

Social Media commerce & Mobile Social Media is rising!

2011

Social media commerce was on the rise along with mobile social media via smartphones and tablet computers.

65 million tweets sent out on each day!

2011

Social media were accessible from virtually anywhere and had become an integral part of our daily lives with more than 550 million people on Facebook, 65 million tweets sent through Twitter each day, and 2 billion video views every day on YouTube. LinkedIn has 90 million professional users.

60% of Earth's population is estimated to use Internet in 2015!

2011

It was estimated Internet users would double by 2015 to a global total of some four billion users, or nearly 60 percent of Earth's population.

Apple introduced Ping music social network!

2011

Apple introduced the Ping social network for music and integrated with iTunes.

Public sharing of personal info raised privacy concerns!

2011

Public sharing of so much personal information via social media sites raised concern over privacy.

2 billion video views every day on Youtube!

2011

Social media were accessible from virtually anywhere and had become an integral part of our daily lives with more than 550 million people on Facebook, 65 million tweets sent through Twitter each day, and 2 billion video views every day on YouTube. LinkedIn has 90 million professional users.

550+ million people on Facebook!

2011

Social media were accessible from virtually anywhere and had become an integral part of our daily lives with more than 550 million people on Facebook, 65 million tweets sent through Twitter each day, and 2 billion video views every day on YouTube. LinkedIn has 90 million professional users.

MySpace & Bebo were redesigned to compete Facebook & Twitter!

2011

Both MySpace and Bebo were redesigned and updated to compete with the far more successful social networks Facebook and Twitter.

90 million professional users on LinkedIn

2011

Social media were accessible from virtually anywhere and had become an integral part of our daily lives with more than 550 million people on Facebook, 65 million tweets sent through Twitter each day, and 2 billion video views every day on YouTube. LinkedIn has 90 million professional users.

Twitter delivers 33 billion tweets a day!

2012

Twitter delivers 33 billion tweets a day!

Google+ is live!

2012

Google+ is live!

Pinterest generates more traffic for retailers than other networks!

2012

Pinterest generates more traffic for retailers than Facebook, Twitter, and google+

Facebook raises $17 billion in its IPO.

2012

Facebook raises $17 billion in its IPO.