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Woah, this has changed my definition of social media.
I was using this timeline as a rough basis for a research paper and double checked many of the years posted on here and many of these are wrong.
Hi AJD, perhaps you could enlighten us as to exactly what you think is wrong about this? I’d be interested to see which of the years you believe are incorrect.
I have found 1 that is wrong and it is the release date of Facebook was 04/02/2004. I am sure that this is the only date that looks wrong to me, I have checked the others for a paper I am writing and they seem to be okay.
Thank you, Laura.
Just a follow-up point of clarification: the article says “by 2006” not “in 2006” to refer to Facebook.
In the case of Facebook, the site was launched under its current name and domain, Facebook.com, in 2005. A previous iteration of Facebook had been launched under a different name as early as 2004.
By 2006, people were using Facebook. That part is correct — by that date Facebook was available and people were using it.
And lets not forget the premium and custom plugins, which aren’t listed in the repository.
This creates an environment where users can reach the maximum number of people without sacrificing the intimacy of person-to-person communication.
YouTube came out in 2005, creating an entirely new way for people to communicate and share with each other across great distances.
While CompuServe was a form of computer networking it was not a part of the Internet, at least initially. It was really a glorified BBS.
As a communication historian who studies the history of networked personal computing, I feel obligated to note that there are many errors in this explanation of social media history. If high school or college students are considering citing this in an academic paper, I encourage them to find a different source.
The problems? A few are listed below.
1) CompuServe was not part of the Internet.
2) The Internet began as a network to link research institutions in 1969, and it was called ARPANET.
3) USENET was not a virtual newsletter. It was a protocol that enabled the creation of distributed discussion groups (conferences). It was also used to distribute binary files that had been encoded into ASCII text.
4) The system Community Memory (1972 – 1973) was one of the very first forerunners of social media.
5) Bulletin Board Systems (BBSs) offered much of the same functionality that we associate with social media.
I am posting these comments because many students have been citing this page as a credible source and it is flat out *wrong*.
Also wrong is the fact that this synopsis of social media paints it in a positive light when it has contributed to more isolation and negativity throughout the globe than any other “innovation” (what an absolutely ironic designation for it BTW– “SOCIAL” media– when there’s nothing social about it.) The internet in and of itself was a fantastic technological evolutionary step, too bad it led to this.
Adam R Difiro
we’re talking about the history and how it developed since it came out , you’re completely right when you said it only made us isolated and negative, but that is not the point here, because most people that come here to check out this blog is probably they’re doing research . I just had to let you know tho, all love steve.
YOU ALL HELPED ME A LOT. READING A COMMENT SECTION WAS NOT WORTHY TILL NOW.
As a high school student, I thank you for the advice on avoiding this website as a source. Was wondering if you could recommend another source like this one, however with the correct information? Will be much appreciated
then what source should we use?
Where is HI5 and QQ? They where established in 2004 and 1996
Correction. The first online social media website: emailclub.com
Put it into the Wayback machine.
I am confused of when did really social media started. ’cause I need it for my paper. Would you mind to help me? Thank you
Pauline of Forestville, MD
Mariel suse, I’m sure you’ve figured it out by now since I’m just seeing this article. Although I feel that the commenter, Ben, and several others expressed their concern for ‘article accuracy’ in such a mean-spirited tone, I do agree that there is indeed need for correction. Mariel, and anyone else who have a need for truth of information, please use the only accurate source – The Library of Congress. You see when one goes to the internet and just google anyone’s article on a subject, know that much of the information is either incomplete, only partially true, and/or contain many spelling and grammar errors; neither of which someone preparing a paper want to be a part. Therefore, use a reliable source for accurate data.
This is one of the laziest articles ever. Did your English teacher even require you to cite sources? Not even 1 fact is provided for “today’s.” If I were your boss, I’d fire you. And least make you re-write this articles s provide something useful. I hope I wasted as much of your time as you did mine. I’ll go do real research now…..pathetic excuse for an author
@ben jamin , I think you should try writing an article like this and see how many horrible comments you will get
When i was a small, A new social media platform was launched, which make the world to communicate with each others through videos. It was a huge success for Jawed Karim, Chad Hurley, and Steve Chen.
Very informative post. I was unaware of the facts and historic points about the social media channel mentioned by you.
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Advantages of social media? You reach a large number of audiences. You have a direct connection with your audience. If you know how to use social media 🙂
Wow! This is very interesting. Now I know.
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