Rapid popularization of Social Network

Since the internet have been invented, it is always hard to believe how fast did the social network spread over the world. Social Network is a relatively new word, which was first created by J. A. Barnes in 1954 and used to describe a social structure make up of social actors. As the development of the internet 2.0, people are not limited to be viewers, it is possible to post personal photos and videos, chat with others online and watch what others posted. When those were enabled, social software emerged, and in an unimaginable speed, it spread all over the country, even the whole world.20060902082325_big

I remembered the social software, which is now the most popular one in China, QQ, was created by the Tencent Company at 11/2/1999. The initial function of QQ is only real-time communication, but features such as chatrooms, games and online storage were later added. This software was first released on PC. After 2 years since the release date, the highest number of online users at the same time became 1 million. It is surprising that it can spread so fast in the age when computer was not yet popularized in China. In 2005, this number became 10 million, and in 2010, this number reached 100 million.


Through this example, it is easy to see that how fast is the speed of the spreading of social networks. While there were only about 10 million users at March, 2005, the number was tenfold at March, 2010. It shows how fast can the social network spread. It takes decades for TV and Radio to become popular, but social networks take only several years to finish the popularization.

Web 2.0 and me

Nowadays, it is so convenient for us to post photos and texts on social media such as Snapchat and Facebook or Twitter. We can upload the videos we made to YouTube, we can play online games with friends, also we can hand in our assignments through the internet. But those things listed above are not imaginable in the age on Web 1.0, when the World Wide Web  just invented by Tim Berners-Lee.

The most remarkable difference between Web 1.0 and Web 2.0 is that most Web 2.0 sites allow users to interact and collaborate with each other in a social media dialogue as creators of user-generated content in a virtual community. But in the Web 1.0 era, people usually limited to viewing the websites passively. For example, we can edit the Wikipedia to fix up the mistakes we found , but we were not able to do the in the Web 1.0 era. Another big change between the two eras is that Web 2.0 break the barrier between devices. In the age of Web 1.0, it is impossible to use the internet on  cellphones or iPad. People have to sit at the table, face to the huge computer to use the internet. However, in the Web 2.0 era, no only on the computer, also we are able to approach the internet even on a calculator. From those aspects, the changes between the two eras are significant.

Although I’m already get used to the Web currently, sometimes I’m still astonished by the Web, the miracle made by human. It is so amazing that the Web connect the whole society in a virtual way. But when I was a kid, the Web 2.0 were not published yet, I can only watch the videos uploaded by the administrators of the website yet I cannot upload my videos. I was imagine that time, what if I can post my own video online? Will there be many people watch my video and rate or like them? Nowadays, the dream came true, I can put my video on many websites, although there are not many people watch them, the dream still represent the changes between two eras.