Infographic: Social media then and now

Do you remember when Polaroids were the best way to quickly share photos, or when you tacked reminders to a bulletin board, not Pinterest?

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When I cleaned out my closet a few months ago, I stumbled upon a shoebox filled with dozens of intricately folded notes from high school.

As I unfolded each note (and sadly discovered I couldn’t remember how to fold them back up), I realized those notes were the Facebook of my childhood. They featured updates about my friends and relationship statuses, as well as funny stories and news.

An infographic from takes a similar walk down memory lane, reminding us that before social networks, we had things like Post-it notes, Polaroid cameras, bulletin boards and rolodexes.

Here are a few examples of how technology has evolved to replace the desktop items of yesteryear:

Twitter = Post-it notes: When Art Fry, the inventor of Post-it notes, first developed the product, he said, “What we have here isn’t just a bookmark. It’s a whole new way to communicate.” Little did he know his shorthand communication tool would be replaced by 140-character tweets.

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