200 Moments in the 2000s that Transformed Journalism

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.”)

Mark E. Johnson

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