A revolutionary way of communicating. Since each site and app’s creation, people have been able to connect with each other like never before. Friends and family can connect at any moment, people from across the planet can develop businesses, and marketers are able to reach consumers in a completely new fashion. In 2022 so far, an average internet user spends 147 minutes per day on social media!

Because of its impact on society over the years, World Social Media Day was launched by Mashable on June 30th 2010, as a way to recognise its global impact and to bring the world together to celebrate the positives.

History of Social Media

Timeline of when social media platforms launched

As social media has evolved and grown in popularity, so has the scrutiny that the platforms come under. With controversies surrounding their use of data, hate speech, impact on mental health, election results, and fake news, the platforms are under more pressure than ever to be transparent with what goes on behind the scenes.

5 facts about social media

Social media has become a way to instantly connect, often with friends and family, but also with complete strangers. It has become a huge source of news, shopping, finding influencers for businesses, and general entertainment. Social media day is for us to enjoy the positives that these platforms have brought into our lives, and maybe like or share a photo or two.

How To Celebrate Social Media

  1. Post a selfie, a Tweet, start a hashtag, update your status or go live on Instagram or Facebook.
  2. There are so many different platforms out there waiting to be discovered! If you’re yet to make a TikTok video, now is the perfect opportunity for you to do so. Give some platforms a try and see if you like them.
  3. Take it offline! Use today to have a day off and maybe hand out with some Internet friends in the real world.

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