The History of Social Networks and Their Classification

The combination of the words “social network” was born in 1954, and it has nothing to do with the Internet.

man who coined the term was James Barnes: “social network” is a social structure, which includes individuals or groups associated with the same kind of activity, common interests, friendship or relationship. So this kind of structure is familiar people divided into different groups where each person does classmates group of colleagues or friends around him.

Year after year, this scientific concept progressed and gained a lot of popularity. The first increase was observed in North America and Eastern Europe. In the process of the development of society, we have come to the age of information and communication, in which the social network has received great popularity.

The first computer social network appeared in 1971 and it was used by the military in ARPA Net network.

1988 was a year of IRC (Internet Relay Chat), which made it possible to talk on the Internet.

The main event was the appearance of the Internet, which Tim Berners-Lee published in 1991

was named network launched in 1995, was very popular, and it was the year of the beginning of the process of social on the Internet network. Still, it

one of the most popular social network with nearly 50 million users.

In 2004 appeared and became very popular all over the world at once. The concept of this network was a little different, but it has revolutionized the world of social networks. It has over 700 million users at the present time.

In 2008, the discount service Groupon appeared called, which is not a real social network, but it uses principles similar to social networks and invite people to become part of the Groupon community.


There are many different types of social networks at the moment, so let’s look at some of them

By type .:

  • (private message)
  • Linkedln (business communication)
  • YouTube (video)
  • (audio)
  • Flickr (photos)
  • Groupon (trade)
  • Reddit (news)
  • Forsquare (geolocation)
  • Tumblr (blogging)
  • (questions and answers)
  • Delicious (bookmarks)
  • Second Life (virtual worlds)
  • Slashdot (thematic)

According to availability:

  • Facebook (open)
  • PlayboyU (private)
  • VK (mixed)

By Region:

  • Hi5 (worldwide)
  • Qzone (country)
  • InterNations (worldwide)

The very first classification is the most interesting and has a lot of different content to different groups of people and different purposes. Thus, each person has the opportunity to find their niche and find almost all of the existing objects. The most popular networks continue to grow.

The second type of classification shows the availability. There are three different types of current classification: public, private and mixed. Each network was established to, and some of the networks were not made public. And because of their business model, these networks are closed. But most networks are still the public and can be used by any person of any social group. It’s not like a lot of people because of their publicity information. social networks of mixed type, as a rule, is not as popular as the public network, because users simply do not like to cross any barriers, and they prefer to refrain from such networks.

And the last type shows us the largest networks in the world, which pretended union between people from different countries, regardless of their culture or skin color. Their clones appeared later in different countries and regions. And now we can see a lot of different types of networks that are tied to the city, region or even corporations, and political organization. This means that no matter who you are or where you are, you can always be part of any type of virtual community.

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