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Social Media / Community Time Line

1995 – Classmates.com Launched

Bio – Classmates.com is a social network service created in 1995 by Randy Conrads who founded Classmates Online, Inc.[2]  The social media website is designed to assist members in finding friends and acquaintances from throughout their lives, from kindergarten, primary school, high school, college, work and the United States military. Classmates.com has more than 40 million members in the United States and Canada. Info provided by http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Classmates.com

1997 – SixDegrees.com Launched

Bio – SixDegrees promoted itself as a tool to help people connect with and send messages to others. While SixDegrees attracted millions of users, it failed to become a sustainable business and, in 2000, the service closed. Looking back, its founder believes that SixDegrees was simply ahead of its time. Info provided by http://jcmc.indiana.edu/vol13/issue1/boyd.ellison.html

March 2003 – Friendster Launched

Bio – Friendster was founded by computer programmer Jonathan Abrams in 2002 in Mountain View, California before the creation, launch and adoption of MySpace, Facebook, LinkedIn and others. Info provided by http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Friendster

May 2003  – LinkedIn Launched

Bio – LinkedIn is a business-oriented social networking site founded in December 2002 and launched in May 2003 mainly used for professional networking. As of July 2009, it had more than 43 million registered users, spanning 170 industries. Info provided by http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LinkedIn

August 2003 – MySpace Launched

Bio – The project was overseen by Brad Greenspan (eUniverse’s Founder, Chairman, CEO), who managed Chris DeWolfe (MySpace’s starting CEO), Josh Berman, Tom Anderson (MySpace’s starting president), and a team of programmers and resources provided by eUniverse. MySpace employs 1,000 employees and the 100 millionth account was created on August 9, 2006, in the Netherlands. Info provided by http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MySpace

February 2004 – Facebook or TheFacebook.com Launched

Bio – Mark Zuckerberg founded Facebook with his roommates and fellow computer science students Eduardo Saverin, Dustin Moskovitz and Chris Hughes while he was a student at Harvard University. The website’s membership was initially limited to Harvard students, but was expanded to other colleges in the Boston area, the Ivy League, and Stanford University. It later expanded further to include any university student, then high school students, and, finally, to anyone aged 13 and over. The website currently has more than 500 million active users worldwide. Info provided by http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Facebook

February 2005 – YouTube Launched

Bio – YouTube was founded by Chad Hurley, Steve Chen and Jawed Karim, who were all early employees of PayPal. Hurley studied design at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, while Chen and Karim studied computer science together at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. In November 2006, YouTube, LLC was bought by Google Inc. for $1.65 billion, and is now operated as a subsidiary of Google. Info provided by http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Youtube

July 2006 – Twitter Launched In Full Scale Version

Bio – Twitter began in a “daylong brainstorming session” that was held by board members of the podcasting company Odeo in an attempt to break out of a creative slump. Although estimates of the number of daily users vary because the company does not release the number of active accounts, a February 2009 Compete.com blog entry ranked Twitter as the third most used social network based on their count of 6 million unique monthly visitors and 55 million monthly visits. Info provided by http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Twitter

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