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Social Media from 1969 to 2013: What a Long Strange Trip It’s Been – INFOGRAPHIC

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Even the Grateful Dead Would Call This a Strange Trip

I just ran across the Social Media History infographic by Cendrine Marrouat (@cendrinemedia) and  Karim Benyagoub (@karim_designs) below. It gives a fairly detailed timeline that highlights not only the speed of change of human communications – but the transmogrifying type of change.

Social Media Didn’t Start in 2003 – Who’d Thunk?

For the most part, to me, it seems that social media started blossoming into the public awareness around the 2003-2006 period with the founding of Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Digg, Flickr, YouTube, and WordPress. But …

Can You Imagine a World Without

  • Email (besides heaven)? That was the world in 1970. The first email was sent in 1971.
  • Blogs or bloggers? That’d be 1992. The first blog launched in 1993.
  •  A public internet? That’d be 1990. The world wide web went public in 1991.
  • Google? That’d be 1997. Google was founded in 1998.
  • Facebook selfies? That’d be 2003. Facebook started in 2004.
  • Goofy YouTube videos? That’d be 2004. YouTube started in 2005.
  • Tweets or Twits? That’d be 2005. Twitter started tweeting in 2006.

So What’s Next?

What is somebody working on right now that will revolutionize the way we create, share, find or consume content and new ideas? My bet is it will involve wearable and semantic web appstransmedia, and what Ray Kurzweil calls The Singularity… but what do you think?

Thanks to Cendrine Marrouat (@cendrinemedia on Twitter)‏ of Creative Ramblings for this infographic.  

Social Media - A History

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Awesome feature photo above by my favorite artist, H.Kopp Delaney
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