Category Archives: Social Networks

The Rise of Facebook to the Top of the Social Networking Market

Facebook was a late-comer to the social networking market, defying the business mantra of “first-mover advantage.” Why did it succeed so fabulously where the pioneers of the industry, already with millions of participants, have failed so spectacularly? On April 15, 1999, LiveJournal was … Continue reading

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The Bulletin Board System

IEEE Spectrum: For millions of people around the globe, the Internet is a simple fact of life. We take for granted the invisible network that enables us to communicate, navigate, investigate, flirt, shop, and play. Early on, this network-of-networks connected … Continue reading

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Vintage Social Networking

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Facebook Launched

Ten year ago today, Harvard Sophomore Mark Zuckerberg launched “Thefacebook” from his dorm room. Membership was initially restricted to students of Harvard College, and within the first month, more than half the undergraduate population at Harvard was registered on the service. … Continue reading

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Evan Williams: “The Internet makes human desire more easily attainable” (Video)

Evan Williams on the democratization of knowledge and the organizing principle of the Internet. “For the last 15 years, Evan Williams has made it easy for non-geeks to find their voice online. He cofounded Blogger in 1999, Odeo in 2004, Twitter … Continue reading

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Lifecycle of a Twitter Rumor (Infographic)

  Source: World Economic Forum

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The History of Twitter from twttr to IPO (Infographic)

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Social Networks and Loneliness

“I share, therefore  I am” Source:

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Do You Reveal Too Much About Yourself on Social Media? [Infographic]

Source: AllTwitter/NextAdvisor

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Big Data in the Age of the Telegraph

Caitlin Rosenthal writes in “Big Data in the Age of the Telegraph,” McKinsey Quarterly, March 2013: “In 1854, Daniel McCallum took charge of the operations of the New York and Erie Railroad. With nearly 500 miles of track, it was one of … Continue reading

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