This is pretty cool and I’m going to have to spend more time with it. David Shedden, director of Poynter’s Eugene Patterson Library, has assembled a list of the 200 moments that transformed journalism in the first decade of this century. Some quick highlights:
- 2000: 12 billion e-mails are sent per day during 2000. In 2008, 247 billion e-mails are sent daily. (Source: Forbes)
- 2001: 51% of all U.S. households have at least one mobile phone. 40% of U.S. adults use their cell phones regularly. (Source: Dataquest Inc.)
- 2002: The Friendster social networking site is founded. In 2003, Google offers to purchase the company for $30 million. Friendster turns down the offer.
- 2003: The MySpace social networking Web site is officially launched.
- 2004: The Flickr photo sharing website is launched. The company will be purchased by Yahoo! in 2005.
- 2005: YouTube is founded by Chad Hurley, Steve Chen, and Jawed Karim.
- 2006: The Twitter social networking and microblogging service is founded by Jack Dorsey, Evan Williams, who also co-founded Blogger, and Biz Stone.
- 2008: There are 133 million blogs. In 2000, there were fewer than 100,000. (Source: Forbes) The Facebook social media network hits the 100 million users mark.
(Also? I love that the Poynter Institute, the leading source of news about the news business and one of the premier journalist training organizations, owns the domain name “poynterplayground.com.”)