The history of social networks in 6 (make that 14) seconds

A Vine illustrates key dates in the history of social media—on the back of a napkin. UPDATE.

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Proving napkins are useful for more than just mopping up spilled coffee, the social media guru has posted a video timeline of every major social media site—starting in 2002 with Friendster—handwritten on the back of a clean, white wipe.

Contreras packs a lot of info into the allotted six seconds, moving chronologically and using his pen to signify major events in addition to company milestones, including Facebook’s dropping the “The” in 2006, Twitter’s integrating hashtags in 2007, and Gowalla’s going bust in 2012. (UPDATE: According to Contreras, the video is actually 14 seconds. How he managed to more than double Vine’s video-length limit, we do not know.)

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