20 years of social media: the highlights in a row [infographic]

Do you remember what your first Twitter post was about? Or when you created your Facebook account? Or who was your first online friend on Instagram? It seems like such a short time ago, but in the meantime we have been active on various social media for years. In fact, it has been almost 20 years since the first social networks were launched! We look back on the developments.

The history of social media

Perhaps you are not very clear what the first real social media platform was or when you became active on social media. Developments were already taking place in the 1990s, but at the beginning of this century they accelerated rapidly. Now, almost 20 years later, I found Oktopost now is a good time to look back at the launches and developments of the most popular social networks in recent years. They visualized this in the infographic below.

The rise of Myspace, LinkedIn, Facebook and more

The timeline starts in 2003, when the Myspace platform was developed and launched. That was not the only site, because the business platform LinkedIn also saw the light of day this year. A year later, Mark Zuckerberg released ‘his’ Facebook to the general public and competition with other platforms could begin. Twitter came out in 2006, where the public had to get used to the way it was used. It then took another 4 years before we could get started on our mobile phone with the Instagram platform (secretly you don’t expect Instagram to be 12 years old already!). The different platforms compete with each other for the users and launch different features and options so as not to lose popularity. Apps like Snapchat and TikTok are also joining the fray with other options.

Curious about all the details of almost 20 years of social media? Then scroll down to view the infographic. Click on the image for a larger copy.

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