The evolution of social media (infographic)

12 Jun 2015

Social media has become, over a very short space of time, the major mode of communication for huge numbers of people across vast distances around the world. It’s evolution has been remarkable.

What’s perhaps most exciting is how the last 10 years have seen the innovation behind social media ramp up to incredible levels.

From the basic posting of the 1970s, to early chat in the ‘80s, gradual improvements continued right up until the turn of the millennium, which is when things really kicked off.

The evolution of social media

We saw incredible success stories pop up like Wikipedia (2001), Facebook (2004) and Flickr (2004) that have really stood the test of time, gaining in importance as they have evolved.

There were also many flashes in the pan, some flashing brighter than others, such as MySpace, Bebo and Friendster.

Below is a handy infographic from Simply 360, as seen on Tech Infographics, that profiles the timeline well. You can click on the image to enlarge it.

The evolution of social media in an infographic

Social media image, via Shutterstock

Gordon Hunt was a journalist with Silicon Republic