Article Most Popular Social Media Platforms 1997 – 2020
This epic video timelapse chart shows the most popular social media platforms over 1997 – 2020!
These stats come from Wikipedia, archive.org and Google Books searches. We did not include those platforms that did not report stats. We also reduced the numbers to consider fake and duplicate accounts. Some of the data includes approximate numbers as the data available skipped years.
In the video, we included screenshots of certain platforms from the list as they looked during that particular year. The platform thumbnails:
1997 – Bolt Founded as a community for teens
1998 – Classmates Biggest collection of yearbooks online
1999 – Open Diary Introduced commenting and privacy settings
2000 – the Globe
2001 – PlanetAll Bought and killed by Amazon
2002 – LiveJournal Still Popular in Russia for Microblogging
2003 – MySpace
2004 – Orkut From Google, became popular in Brazil
2007 – Hi5 As popular as MySpace
2008 – VKontakte Russian clone of Facebook
2009 – Facebook Infamous update of news feed
2010 – Tagged Originally a social network for teens
2011 – Tumblr
2012 – QZone Social network from China
2013 – OK.ru Russian social network
2014 – Reddit 2015 – Vine Short looping video clips
2016 – Snapchat
2017 – WeChat Reaches 1 million mini apps
2018 – TikTok
2019 – Facebook Testing redesign
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