The History of Social Media [INFOGRAPHIC]

Surprise, boys and girls of the 21st century, social media hasn't been around forever! While we certainly can't predict what the future of this cultural phenomenon will hold, we can look back at its sordid and twisting past. Viewers of the "The Social Network," know the history of Facebook, but do you think Mark Zuckerberg and his competitors at the likes of MySpace and Twitter really started it all?

Surprise, boys and girls of the 21st century, social media hasn’t been around forever! While we certainly can’t predict what the future of this cultural phenomenon will hold, we can look back at its sordid and twisting past. Viewers of the “The Social Network,” know the history of Facebook, but do you think Mark Zuckerberg and his competitors at the likes of MySpace and Twitter really started it all?

In fact, the very first email was sent in 1971, making it, arguably, the first form of “social networking.” And did you know the original in short-burst communication was on Usenet bulletin boards, not Twitter? Yes, there was life and online communication before you could ‘friend’ and ‘poke.’ It’s all laid out in this handy infographic from OnlineSchools.org that depicts the beginnings of social media from that first email, AIM, and Friendster to the eventual domination of Facebook.

Learn something new? Agree or disagree with this history? Where was your fist “social” online account? In the comments, tell us what you think…

The History of Social Networking
Via: Online Schools