Today, the Tow Center for Digital Journalism is releasing an interactive timeline that collects platform developments since 2000, tracking these companies’ priorities and the pace of change. It provides an accessible resource for those seeking context for current developments, to identify trends, or to anticipate the significant shifts coming down the line. I began research for this project in late 2015 as part of the Platforms and Publishers project.
The timeline is focused, for now, on a handful of platform companies: Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp, Google, Twitter, Snapchat, Apple, and Amazon. You can search by platform, by year, or by category.
This timeline will be updated regularly. I’ve also created a Google form and welcome input on developments that may be missing or additional categories that should be included.
Thanks to the wonderful and patient Jon Keegan, who developed the timeline interface.