Social media did not really get a kick-start until 1997 when Six Degrees became a website for users to create their own profile and request friendships with other users on the website. Soon after Six Degrees was created, the era of blogging and instant messaging emerged into existent. Even though blogging and instant messaging are not really considered as social media, it is suitable under the term of social media because users had the ability to communicate with each other. Henceforth, the establish of IQC (Institute for Quantum computing) beginning their service on creating AOL (America Online) instant messenger which became the most well-known social media instant messenger. By 2000, nearly 100 million people had ingress the Internet and engaging with each other socially in the Internet world. Soon, people began to start using chat rooms, forums, and other online resources to communicate with other people from around the world.
Created by Tom Anderson, MySpace boomed the social network world in 2003. MySpace was the "OG" of social media and was the social media to have. It allows its user to customize their profile and connect with friends. MySpace was not just for the use of social interaction, it was where musicians can promote their music career to people worldwide and record producers. Because of the creation of MySpace, this played a major influence of the creation of Facebook by Mark Zuckerberg.
Mark Zuckerberg introduced his soon to be most used social network to this day to the world in 2004. This social media would be known as Facebook and is worldly recognized platform of social media. Facebook received its first investor in summer 2004 by Peter Theil who is the owner of PayPal for $500,000 in return to have 10% of ownerships of the company. Just a few months after being released, Facebook had more than one million users registered and continuing to grow to more than 1.5 billion users today.
In 2006, the released of Twitter come into play with the social media world that was created by Jack Dorsey, Biz Stone, Evan Williams, and Noah Glass. Twitter allows their users to send tweets that are similar to text message that consist of no more than 140 words. By April 2008, 6 million users were registered on Twitter. After, 5 years, Twitter publicized their IPO to stockholders. Since of the released, Twitter wrapping up to more than 500 million users.
"Flickr was one of the earliest and still is one of the most popular photo sharing sites, but others include Photobucket and Instagram, with Instagram gaining popularity today as one of the top social media sites to include on business cards and other media" (The History of Social Media: Social Networking Evolution!, n.d.). Instagram is a growing social media platform since its released in 2010. Instagram lets it users to share photos with the user's followers and allowing the followers to comment and like the photo. This platform of social media is popular to Generation Z; however, older generations are starting to familiarize Instagram. In 2012, Facebook became the owner of Instagram after paying $1 billion in stocks and cash. This may seem pricey for their 30 million users; however, Instagram has grown to more than 400 million users today.
Today's social media has a basic concept to them. They all serve a purpose for users to connect and share with each other from around the world. However, they all have a different approached on the sharing and connecting of users. For example, Instagram allows users to share through photos, Twitter through frequent tweets, and Facebook through everything. Even though there are so many social media platforms, there will always new ones emerging that cater to the contemporary time users.