Historical development of social media

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It all started with a platform called BBS. Short for Bulletin Board System, these online meeting places were effectively independently-produced hunks of code that allowed users to communicate with other people where they could download files or games (many times including pirated software) and post messages to other users. It really took off when Facebook came around, which currently is the most used online social media site with over 500 million users. Sites such as twitter, instagram and tumblr all came around later on in the 2000s and are all extremely popular. During the mid 2000s sites such as MySpace and Bebo were the most popular social media websites as they were unique at the time, by the 2010s websites like Facebook and Twitter completely overtook them because Bebo/Myspace couldn’t compete with Facebook and Twitter in terms of revenue and they were not as innovative as twitter/facebook which led both websites to being almost completely forgotten about.

By the 1980s, home computers were becoming more common and social media was becoming more sophisticated. Internet relay chats, or IRCs, were first used in 1988 and continued to be popular wellReading View. Press Alt Shift A for accessibility help.

It all started with a platform called BBS. Short for Bulletin Board System, these online meeting places were effectively independently-produced hunks of code that allowed users to communicate with other people where they could download files or games (many times including pirated software) and post messages to other users. It really took off when Facebook came around, which currently is the most used online social media site with over 500 million users. Sites such as twitter, instagram and tumblr all came around later on in the 2000s and are all extremely popular. During the mid 2000s sites such as MySpace and Bebo were the most popular social media websites as they were unique at the time, by the 2010s websites like Facebook and Twitter completely overtook them because Bebo/Myspace couldn’t compete with Facebook and Twitter in terms of revenue and they were not as innovative as twitter/facebook which led both websites to being almost completely forgotten about.

By the 1980s, home computers were becoming more common and social media was becoming more sophisticated. Internet relay chats, or IRCs, were first used in 1988 and continued to be popular well

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written by Edwin Alexander 

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