A look back at social media

Paige Pardee ‘15

Photographer

Truth is. . .social media has become a big part of today’s society. Over the years, people migrated from one social media site to the next. All of these websites have one thing in common: they connect people through the internet. But over time, some websites have become more popular than others.

One social media site that was popular from 2005-2008 was MySpace, which was the largest social networking site in the world during that time.

“I liked MySpace because I could create my own page and design it how I wanted to,” said Jenna Haddad ’15.

MySpace had many features which included customized profile options, polls, music options and more. At the time, many people were infatuated with MySpace because there was nothing on the web like it. It became a big hit until April 2008. This is when MySpace was overtaken by Facebook.

In 2008, Facebook was used by mostly college students but in the years that followed, more people began to use it. This site had more to offer, such as walls that friends could post on, pokes, status updates, gifts and games, which is why it quickly passed up MySpace.

“Facebook was more organized than MySpace,” said Chelsey Quinn ’15. “I liked it better because it was clear and easy to use.”

Another website that was popular in the past was AIM. This was a messaging site that allowed users to chat online with their friends. This was popular in 2008-2009 but after the upswing of MySpace and Facebook, it collapsed. People didn’t really use it anymore due to the messaging option on the other sites.

The current most-used network for this age group is Twitter. This site may soon lose its popularity and users will move on to another one.

“I miss MySpace because I loved designing my layout and picking my music for my page,” said Katelyn Ahlstrom ’15. “It was way better than Twitter.”

When someone thinks of an old social media website, it is no surprise that they’re thinking about MySpace or Facebook. Those two websites impacted society and started a revolution for the web and how people communicate with one another. Social media will continue to grow and sites that we think are cool right now will be outdated in the future, but people will always remember the social media that made a big impact.