The History of Social Networking [Infographic]

NEW YORK | Tuesday, January 25th, 2011 5:48am EDT

Here’s a visually organized look at the past 40 years or so of social networking history, from Usenet to AIM to Friendster, Twitter, Facebook and beyond.

Being connected to the world around us has never been more easy and accessible than it is today. But it didn’t start out that way. After the internet made it possible to reach people around the globe with merely a click of a button, social networking exploded into one of the biggest industries of our time.

And here’s a visually organized look at the past 40 years or so of social networking history, from Usenet to AIM to Friendster, Twitter, Facebook and beyond. We hope you’ll enjoy this interesting infographic, which was created by guys from OnlineSchools.org.

You can also check out our previous infographics such as ‘A Look Into Laziness At The Workplace,’ ‘The Porn Industry vs. The Economy‘ and our general obsession with Facebook. Don’t forget to tell us in the comments below where and when you think the social networking truly began. [OnlineSchools.org via Mashable; header image courtesy of Rishi Bandopadhay/Flickr]

History of Social Networking Infographic

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