The Foursquare application was founded by Dennis Crowley and Naveen Selvadurai in 2008.  Crowley had experience in the telecommunications field co-founding the mobile service “Dodgeball” for his NYU graduate thesis project and eventually working with Google to turn Dodgeball into a service called “Google Latitude.”  Selvadurai was a senior software architect at Sony Music Entertainment. …

Skype 2

“Wherever you are, wherever they are — Skype keeps you together” Description: If you haven’t heard of Skype, you’re about ten years behind.  On August 29, 2003, Skype went live for the first time.  According to Time Magazine, in 2011 Skype’s, “biggest selling point was that users could make free voice calls to each other…

Vine

Social networks have seen many changes and new innovations as technology continues to develop. Vine is a relatively new application in the world of social networking. Purchased by Twitter in January of 2013, Vine was released initially only for iOS, limiting it to users of Apple devices. On June 3, 2013 Vine finally released their…

Instagram

As social networking sites have expanded over the last decade, Instagram stands out due to the simplistic and beautiful nature of the application.  Our goal is to review the history of Instagram, examine the current site, apply  current theories from the communication studies field, and recommend possible changes. A complex understanding of the reasons for…

Reddit

By Garrett Hornsby and Megan Hanagan Thirty years ago, the idea of communication between large populations using computers was young and restricted to a small few who showed interest. Bulletin board systems (BBS), online meeting places where those who were connected could communicate and share files, were few and far between. In the early 1990’s,…

Snapchat

Considering most of Generation Y was born before the first ever text message had been sent, this technological advancement is not very old. Most new innovations are created to make every day life more efficient and that is exactly what text messaging accomplished. According to the online article, The History of Text Messaging by Articlesbase,…