The Social Media Trends That Shaped the Decade
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Buh-bye 2010’s, HELLO 2020! As we get ready to move into the new year, let’s take a look back at some of the social media trends that defined the decade and shaped the world we live in today:
- Facebook Timelines – Remember when all you could do on Facebook was write on peoples’ walls? Mark Zuckerberg changed the way we communicate with others (and the way many of us get our news) in 2011 with the invention of the “timeline.” Facebook walls live on forever in our hearts (and lest we not forget the “Become a fan” button!).
- Twitter mobile app – Although Twitter has been around since 2006, it wasn’t until 2010 that the mobile app was created. In 2017, Twitter upped the character limit from 140 to 280, giving us all more space to speak our minds.
- The rise and fall of Vine (RIP) – Let’s pour one out for the popular six-second video app launched in 2012, which lead to the creation of some of the best memes and gifs of the decade. Unfortunately, with the introduction of Instagram, Vine saw it’s downfall in 2016…which leads us to our next social media moment:
- The creation of Instagram – How weird to think Instagram was launched TEN YEARS AGO in 2010 and quickly became the most successful social media app of the decade?! Influencer marketing would probably not even exist if it weren’t for the app, and social media marketing would be very different.
- The age of VSCO – Instagram revolutionized the way we share photos but VSCO, along with other photo editing apps, has changed the way we edit our photos and has transformed our Instagram feeds. The popular “VSCO girl” meme stemmed from the popularity of the app. Social influencers are now releasing their own filters and presets so others can mimic the look of their feeds. Instagram filters?? Those are so 2012.
- TikTok – No, not the 2009 hit by Ke$ha. The newest social trend is a viral video sharing app that has been compared to the aforementioned Vine (never forget). TikTok was initially launched in 2017 but has more recently become popular and has consumed the free time of millions of millennials and Gen Z’ers, myself included.
The social media landscape is forever changing, so who knows what the next decade will bring?! 2020, bring it on!
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