The Statistics And History Of Social Networking [Infographic]

Do you have any idea on when did social networking actually start ? It’s not 2000 and neither it’s 1996, it’s way back in 1973 which equals 39 years ago, at the time of writing this article.

The first email was sent by Ray Tomlison on1971, when he was working as an engineer at BBN technologies.

The following infographic beautifully illustrates how Social networking evolved, it’s history and some vital statistics on Social networks.

social networking history and stats

As the Infographic suggests, the path from email to social networking took quite a few notable twists and turns. The road was never smooth and online users were transitioned at every step, until the whiole idea of micro blogging came into existence. It took some time for the technologies to emerge – starting from 1971 till 1994 when one of the first social networks was launched (Geocities). Then came different social networking websites followed by web startups launching an instant messenger (AOL), thereby helping users connect with online friends from their computers.

1997 marked an important significance, with the launch of (still active) which allowed users to create their online profiles and list their virtual friends on the web. Pretty much the core idea of any social networking website of current days – Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, all of these sites works on the Friend/Follower/Following model.

Then as you know, it’s history. The beginning of new millennium saw quite a good number of companies launching their independent social sites, from Friendster to MySpace to Facebook and finally Twitter.

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