Can we chat? While social media is often thought of as a recent phenomenom, it’s actually been around since the 1970s, starting with newsgroups like Usenet and the BBS (Bulletin Board System). Later, in the ’80s, the first chat groups and online portals launched, opening the floodgates to social innovation that would radically change the way we communicate and share information.

This week’s infographic, created by Simplify360 and posted on Social Times, highlights the evolution of social media, from its so-called Golden Era starting in 2001, which gave us more advanced chat apps and early blog tools, to today’s sophisticated platforms like Facebook and Twitter and messaging apps such as WhatsApp and Snapchat.

Check out the full infographic The Evolution of Social Media to see how far we’ve come!

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Posted by: Margot Knorr Mancini

A thought leader in the publishing industry, Margot Knorr Mancini has helped numerous publishers redefine their missions to become nimble content generators with the ability to repurpose content easily and efficiently. As Founder & CEO of Technology for Publishing, her analytical mind allows her to remain a step ahead of the industry, recognizing early trends and developing pivotal best practices.