The internet has been evolving at a swift pace. Back in 1989, only two years later, more than 40% of adults in the US owned a computer. Then in 1996, the first cell phone was revealed in the market that had internet capability. In 2013, more than 56% of the people in the US owned a smartphone that performed various tasks via the internet. The internet has undoubtedly come far from where it started.
In just ten years, the usage, web design, tasks done via the internet, etc. have evolved as such that it is fair to say that the internet has transformed. Here are several reasons how that has happened and in what aspects the internet has changed?
Internet is not the same as it once used to be
The internet has overcome a decade old of growth that has evolved us with it too. Changes to the internet can be highlighted through the fact a decade ago, and it used to take 16 seconds for a webpage to load and now it takes less than 6 seconds. Do you also know that a couple of years ago, it took around 10 minutes to download music on a 56k modem while now the same can be done on only 18 seconds?
If we look into our lives, we can also witness the changes to the internet. A decade ago, the computer that we used to use or the internet device through which we used to access the internet is different than what we use now. Google Chrome has replaced Internet Explorer; the number of apps available on Appstore has majorly increased, etc.
The internet has evolved in such that social networking is deciphered differently today than it was a decade ago. In 2002, the most common app was Friendster, which has 3 million users. In 2012, it was Facebook, which has more than 900 million users. It was regarded as the number 1 social networking site.
A recent survey highlighted how, in 2002, the average time spent on the internet was around 46 minutes. In 2012, the time increased to 4 hours a day. Moreover, in 2002, 3 million people were active users of the internet, while a decade later, there are 555 million users.
Evolution of social media and the internet
In 2006, there was on Instagram or Snapchat. The popularity of Facebook was also not enough to compete against the 75 million users who used to use MySpace. Back in 1996. MySpace was the king of social media. People used Facebook to post educational or political statuses. There was no posting of images or videos.
In 2007, the need to be able to use websites on our mobiles emerged. It was Apple who first realized the significance of this and started the initiative of releasing mobile-friendly websites. Most users used Blackberry. They were comfortable in using the keypad, which made it easier to type emails and texts. The trend continued in 2008 when the web became to be used on Android and iPhones. With the help of mobile phones that had internet access, people could open various websites. Website owners began to realize that user traffic was growing, laptop and computers were not the only sources.
Internet used as a problem solver
In 2009, it was highlighted through a survey that 70% of the people in the US turned to the internet in case they had an issue. People were looking forward to having faster and easy access. They wanted websites that were more interactive, designed to cater to users in all the best ways possible. Web designers understood the need of having engaged and inviting content that allows users the comfort to navigate.
Not only did people turned to the internet for the sake of gaining their information, but the internet also became the sole medium of television media as well. Facebook and Twitter gained popularity.
Technical privileges and use modern infrastructure
In 2010, the era where the trend of photos emerged. The patterns of taking pictures and sharing them on the internet gained popularity. This is the time when Pinterest and Instagram gained the spotlight, and people started using them. Posting and sharing photos online became common, and the teens were going crazy — this later paved the way into the building of apps. Web users witnessed the trends and launched apps since 35% of adults were making use of smartphones.
Moreover, in 2011, the trend of LTE also started growing. LTE was the natural source through which people could access the internet from any place without access to WIFI. With the availability of faster LTE web and graphic designers saw the opportunity to add more details and graphics to online content.
It was the same year when Google Plus was launched. Moreover, LinkedIn joined the web market and made more than 100 million users worldwide.
Dawn of Social Media and the internet
2012 is the year that can be easily regarded as the year of Facebook. The trend of posting images, videos, tagging friends in the pictures, posting statuses became famous. It was a fashion that was also beneficial in numerous ways as people could communicate with their friends and family from any corner of the world. Facebook had 1 billion users who gave it the right even to buy Instagram later. Facebook paved the way to numerous other social networking apps as well.
In 2013, after numerous users loving the task of taking and uploading pictures on Facebook, photos had made a good hold on the internet. Web designers learned the significance and popularity of photos. Weebly’s Website started adding more visual elements on their web. The audience was inclined towards better images.
In 2014, the web content was polished enough to have layers and new graphics with transitions that were more user-interactive. The web content immersed. As users were more inclined towards user-interactive-ness, the idea of scrolling emerged. Users enjoyed navigating through the page. It would help them search through the page and gain respective information in a very engaging manner.
The critical content was displayed on the top. Tabs and layers under the top sections of the pages provided a user-friendly experience. Users could scroll down. The approach was changed to accommodate visitors in the best way possible. Gradually interactive texts, layups, and background videos became popular. This is how we know internet in its present form, it took a long road to get here and all the changes have literally added to the overall integrity of the experience that billions of people enjoy on a daily basis.