A report on Social networking service

Banner in Bangkok, observed on June 30, 2014, during the 2014 Thai coup d'état, informing the Thai public that 'like' or 'share' activity on social media could land them in prison

Online platform which people use to build social networks or social relationships with other people who share similar personal or career content, interests, activities, backgrounds or real-life connections.

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Banner in Bangkok, observed on June 30, 2014, during the 2014 Thai coup d'état, informing the Thai public that 'like' or 'share' activity on social media could land them in prison

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Social media app icons on a smartphone

Social media

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Social media are interactive technologies that facilitate the creation and sharing of information, ideas, interests, and other forms of expression through virtual communities and networks.

Social media are interactive technologies that facilitate the creation and sharing of information, ideas, interests, and other forms of expression through virtual communities and networks.

Social media app icons on a smartphone
SixDegrees, launched in 1997, is often regarded as the first social media site.

GeoCities was one of the earliest social networking services, launched in November 1994, followed by Classmates.com in December 1995 and SixDegrees.com in May 1997.

Original layout and name of Thefacebook in 2004, showing Al Pacino's face superimposed with binary numbers as Facebook's original logo, designed by co-founder Andrew McCollum

Facebook

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Original layout and name of Thefacebook in 2004, showing Al Pacino's face superimposed with binary numbers as Facebook's original logo, designed by co-founder Andrew McCollum
Mark Zuckerberg's profile (viewed when logged out)
Mark Zuckerberg, co-creator of Facebook, in his Harvard dorm room, 2005
Billboard on the Thomson Reuters building welcomes Facebook to NASDAQ, May 2012
Oculus VR headset
Aerial view of Meta HQ in Menlo Park, California
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook executives with President Donald Trump in September 2019
Profile shown on Thefacebook in 2005
Previous Facebook logo in use from August 23, 2005, until July 1, 2015
Facebook login/signup screen
Human billboard advertising Facebook Canberra in the City page at the National Multicultural Festival
A Facebook "White Hat" debit card, given to researchers who report security bugs.
Map showing the countries that are either currently blocking or have blocked Facebook in the past
Facebook acquired Onavo's virtual private network to harvest usage data on its competitors.
Graffiti in Berlin of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg. The caption is a reference to George Orwell's novel Nineteen Eighty-Four.
Facebook on the ad:tech 2010
A man during the 2011 Egyptian protests carrying a card saying "Facebook,#jan25, The Egyptian Social Network"
Facebook parade float in San Francisco Pride 2014
Population pyramid of Facebook users by age {{as of|2010}}<ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.insidefacebook.com/2010/01/04/december-data-on-facebook%E2%80%99s-us-growth-by-age-and-gender-beyond-100-million/|title=December Data on Facebook's US Growth by Age and Gender: Beyond 100 Million – Inside Facebook|work=Inside Facebook|access-date=October 7, 2014}}</ref>
Facebook login/signup screen

Facebook is an online social media and social networking service owned by American company Meta Platforms.

Early example of a "diary" style blog consisting of text and images transmitted wirelessly in real time from a wearable computer with head-up display, February 22, 1995

Blog

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Discussion or informational website published on the World Wide Web consisting of discrete, often informal diary-style text entries (posts).

Discussion or informational website published on the World Wide Web consisting of discrete, often informal diary-style text entries (posts).

Early example of a "diary" style blog consisting of text and images transmitted wirelessly in real time from a wearable computer with head-up display, February 22, 1995
On December 6, 2002, Josh Marshall's talkingpointsmemo.com blog called attention to U.S. Senator Lott's comments regarding Senator Thurmond. Senator Lott was eventually to resign his Senate leadership position over the matter.
A screenshot from the BlogActive website.
An artist's depiction of the interconnections between blogs and blog authors in the "blogosphere" in 2007.

In that sense, blogging can be seen as a form of social networking service.

A tag cloud (a typical Web 2.0 phenomenon in itself) presenting Web 2.0 themes

Web 2.0

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Web 2.0 (also known as participative (or participatory) web and social web) refers to websites that emphasize user-generated content, ease of use, participatory culture and interoperability (i.e., compatibility with other products, systems, and devices) for end users.

Web 2.0 (also known as participative (or participatory) web and social web) refers to websites that emphasize user-generated content, ease of use, participatory culture and interoperability (i.e., compatibility with other products, systems, and devices) for end users.

A tag cloud (a typical Web 2.0 phenomenon in itself) presenting Web 2.0 themes
Edit box interface through which anyone could edit a Wikipedia article.
A list of ways that people can volunteer to improve Mass Effect Wiki, an example of content generated by users working collaboratively.

Examples of Web 2.0 features include social networking sites or social media sites (e.g., Facebook), blogs, wikis, folksonomies ("tagging" keywords on websites and links), video sharing sites (e.g., YouTube), image sharing sites (e.g., Flickr), hosted services, Web applications ("apps"), collaborative consumption platforms, and mashup applications.

Screenshot of Myspace in 2017

Myspace

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Screenshot of Myspace in 2017
Screenshot of Myspace in 2017
Fox Interactive Media's former headquarters in Beverly Hills, California, before 2016, where Myspace was also housed (now home to Fandango)
MySpace logo used from June 2004 to October 2010
Oxfam America president Raymond C. Offenheiser, Wendi Deng and Rupert Murdoch with MySpace co-founders Anderson and DeWolfe at the 2006 Oxfam/MySpace Rock for Darfur event

Myspace (formerly stylized as MySpace) is a social networking service based in the United States.

Screenshot of Friendster's main page, updated in July 2011

Friendster

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Social network game based in Mountain View, California, founded by Jonathan Abrams and launched in March 2003.

Social network game based in Mountain View, California, founded by Jonathan Abrams and launched in March 2003.

Screenshot of Friendster's main page, updated in July 2011
Screenshot of Friendster's main page, updated in July 2011

Friendster was founded by Canadian computer programmer Jonathan Abrams in 2002, before MySpace (2003), Hi5 (2004), Facebook (2004) and other social networking sites.

A diagram of Usenet servers and clients. The blue, green, and red dots on the servers represent the groups they carry. Arrows between servers indicate newsgroup group exchanges (feeds). Arrows between clients and servers indicate that a user is subscribed to a certain group and reads or submits articles.

Usenet

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Worldwide distributed discussion system available on computers.

Worldwide distributed discussion system available on computers.

A diagram of Usenet servers and clients. The blue, green, and red dots on the servers represent the groups they carry. Arrows between servers indicate newsgroup group exchanges (feeds). Arrows between clients and servers indicate that a user is subscribed to a certain group and reads or submits articles.
Usenet Provider Map
The "Big Nine" hierarchies of Usenet
A visual example of the many complex steps required to prepare data to be uploaded to Usenet newsgroups. These steps must be done again in reverse to download data from Usenet.
October 2020 screenshot showing 60 PB of usenet group data.

In response, John Biggs of TechCrunch said "As long as there are folks who think a command line is better than a mouse, the original text-only social network will live on".

An example of user-generated content in the virtual world Second Life

User-generated content

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Any form of content, such as images, videos, text, and audio, that has been posted by users on online platforms such as social media, discussion forums and wikis.

Any form of content, such as images, videos, text, and audio, that has been posted by users on online platforms such as social media, discussion forums and wikis.

An example of user-generated content in the virtual world Second Life

Another type of user-generated content are social networking sites like Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr, Twitter, Snapchat, Twitch, TikTok or VK, where users interact with other people via chatting, writing messages, posting images or links, and sharing content.

A welcome screen for the Free-net bulletin board, from 1994

Bulletin board system

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Computer server running software that allows users to connect to the system using a terminal program.

Computer server running software that allows users to connect to the system using a terminal program.

A welcome screen for the Free-net bulletin board, from 1994
Ward Christensen holds an expansion card from the original CBBS S-100 host machine.
The 300 baud Smartmodem led to an initial wave of early BBS systems.
Amiga 3000 running a two-line BBS
Welcome screen of Neon#2 BBS (Tornado)
BBS ANSI Login Screen example

Bulletin board systems were in many ways a precursor to the modern form of the World Wide Web, social networks, and other aspects of the Internet.

The historic World Wide Web logo, designed by Robert Cailliau.

World Wide Web

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Information system enabling documents and other web resources to be accessed over the Internet.

Information system enabling documents and other web resources to be accessed over the Internet.

The historic World Wide Web logo, designed by Robert Cailliau.
A web page displayed in a web browser
A global map of the Web Index for countries in 2014
This NeXT Computer was used by Sir Tim Berners-Lee at CERN and became the world's first Web server.
The World Wide Web functions as an application layer protocol that is run "on top of" (figuratively) the Internet, helping to make it more functional. The advent of the Mosaic web browser helped to make the web much more usable, to include the display of images and moving images (GIFs).
Graphic representation of a minute fraction of the WWW, demonstrating hyperlinks
A screenshot of a web page on Wikimedia Commons
Dynamic web page: example of server-side scripting (PHP and MySQL)
The usap.gov website
The inside and front of a Dell PowerEdge web server, a computer designed for rack mounting
Multiple web servers may be used for a high traffic website; here, Dell servers are installed together to be used for the Wikimedia Foundation.
The results of a search for the term "lunar eclipse" in a web-based image search engine

Websites can have many functions and can be used in various fashions; a website can be a personal website, a corporate website for a company, a government website, an organization website, etc. Websites are typically dedicated to a particular topic or purpose, ranging from entertainment and social networking to providing news and education.