Tuesday, January 25, 2011

The condensed history of social media

I remember my first experience with "the internet". Mark Mullaly, a cousin of good friends of mine, hooked up a state of the art computer and modem in my office in 1988. I could upload BBS feeds from a bulletin board at the lighting fast speed of 2400 baud. I was uploading information digitally. How cool. What took an hour then now takes about 8 seconds. Then I got my first email address with a long departed provider called Onramp. And my first online experience was with another corporate ghost, Compuserve.
In the mid 90's things started to pick up at a furious pace leading up to the dot com crash of 2000. That's my super condensed version. Courtesy of Flickr and Mashable, here is an graph chart that goes from A to Z, a lot faster than my 1987 modem.

Lead image courtesy of Flickr, rishibando.

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