Social media (then and now): How it’s changed


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A keyboard showing the various social media platforms available.

Jacob Toth, Staff Writer

Since the late 1990s, social media has been a popular thing, It has been in many formats such as desktop computers, laptops, and some early smartphone models that were available at the time. In the early 2000s, the social media app Facebook was created.

Facebook later created an app called Instagram in 2010 which is strictly just a picture and video sharing platform where users can post pictures and videos.

An app called Twitter was created in 2006. This platform allows users to post tweets which are short sentences that express thoughts and/or opinions.

An app called Tik Tok created in 2016 has short funny videos to watch that range from just a few seconds to three minutes. The nice part is you get to choose the categories.

The most popular social media app used among teens and young adults is Snapchat. This app, created in 2006, is a picture and video sharing app similar to Instagram; the only difference is the pictures and video are called “snaps” and it is also set up to be mainly a communication platform with easy features to send texts called “chats.”

To analyze how social media has changed from the late ’90s to the present day, these are the main things.

It has gotten easier to download on modern-day smartphones and computers, and it is widely available in all parts of the world. The best improvement that we have seen from all social media platforms is the ability of all of them to send and receive direct messages.

The part that makes this very convenient is you do not have to ask for people’s phone numbers anymore because it takes less time to search their name and send them a direct message.

Social media’s popularity and its number of users have grown a lot over the years. It went from being only available on big bulky computers in the ’90s to being available on pocket-size cellphones and even smartwatches.