Social Media: A History (With Commentary)

So, I was perusing my Pinterest last night for some ideas for a presentation I have to give on Social Media in a few weeks. (And of course Pinterest is the BEST place for ideas). Anyway, while I was looking over some of my social media pins one caught my eye in particular. It was a graphic of Social Media’s History. If you’re on Pinterest then you’ve probably seen it float around. I thought it a great idea on how to show the evolution of social media, however, how was I going to explain it to incoming First Year Students? So I thought it’d be fun to put my own spin on it, so here it is.

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Social Media’s History According to Brian

1991: The World Wide Web: What?? I’m already eating glue and have homework and it was just being launched?? Ugh…#showingmyage

1997: I was in Jr. High…I had other issues like acne and girls (Yes, things have changed greatly since then lol).

1997: AOL Instant Messenger: My first screen name was Violin6301984. Yeah I was original and cool…full fledge orch-dork (members of the wire choirs will get the references).

1998: Google: Being an immature 8th Grader, I and my friends giggled at the word ‘google’. Now look who’s laughing…

1999: LiveJournal and Blogger: Being a High School Freshman and full of secrets and drama, and tired of handwriting, of course I turned to online blogging to hold all my secret and personal thoughts. It’s just the internet, right? No one really paid attention to it, right? Well, no one but my parents…oops.

1999: Napster: Um…FREE music??? YES please!! What else could I have done in my spare time on the library computers? Oh the good old days when NetNanny and strong firewalls were yet to be created.

2001: Wikipedia: BEST source ever for my papers!

2002: Friendster: I was a Freshman at the University of Michigan-Flint…I had no friends…yet…so why didn’t I know about this??

2003: LinkedIn: BOOOOORRRRRRING!!! Who cares about having a professional image when I’m just a sophomore?…Misguided perspective.

2003: MySpace: The COOLEST thing ever! I could check out friends, post photos, and meet new people! PLUS I got to listen to FREE music!!

2003: WordPress: Huh…another way to provide adolescent teens and confused college students a way to vent.

2003: Skype: Wow…talk through video?? SOOOO much better than AOL video chat…that crashed every 30 seconds.

2004: Facebook: I joined because the news anchors I worked with wanted to know about the growing fad, so they had all the college staff join with our school accounts. I preferred MySpace. But looking back…oh were we lucky during the days when Facebook was just for college students.

2005: YouTube: Music videos?? Yes!! And an avenue for Sam Tsui…Amazing.

2006: Twitter: Twit what? Who wants to know what you are doing every second of the day? Heck who has time to post every second of the day?? I got bigger priorities like my undergrad thesis to have worried about.

2007: Tumblr: Meh. Another way to throw up weird useless stuff unless you’re at work trying to waste time waiting for paperwork.

2010: Bing: Oh boy, Google has competition!

2010: Pinterest: Ohh….look at the pretty pictures! Finally a way for me to keep track of cool Panda Pictures.

2010: Instagram: Am I really going to have time to take photos and post them as life happens? (Looking at my life now…apparently so)

2012: Vine: Instant video making…oh the stories I’m gonna be able to remember now!

2013: Can’t wait to see what’s gonna be next!!

Until next time!

Peace, Love and Pandas!

Published by Brian

I am currently the Assistant Director of Student Life for Registered Student Organizations and Late-Night Programming at Michigan State University. After earning my B.A. from the University of Michigan-Flint, I entered the Student Affairs profession. After a few years in the field, I returned to school and earned my M.A. in Educational Leadership-Higher Education Student Affairs from Eastern Michigan University. In my spare time I blog about my thoughts and musings on current issues in higher education, student affairs, digital worlds, identity development and general life inspirations and observations. I also volunteer a lot for my fraternity and multiple regional and national professional associations.

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