Aditya Bhatkal

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The Founder of Internet And The Social Media World

on August 13, 2014


Who was the founder of internet?

Robert E. Kahn and Vint Cerf were the actual guys behind it.

But here by internet we mean the barons of the internet world; the founders of social media! You know about the Social Media platforms around the world but do you know who invented them? Here’s to the folks who are responsible for the internet!



Invented post the aftermath of one drunk night by a couple of room mates in the dorm room at Kirkland, Harvard University, ace hacker Mark Zuckerberg invented an online directory of Harvard students in order for them to connect better. Allegedly stolen from the Winklevoss brothers who pitched the idea to him, Zuckerberg and his Harvard mates Eduardo Saverin, Dustin Moskovitz, Chris Huges and Andrew McCollum, set out to on a dream to connect the world through the world of the Internet. 10 years post the event, there’s no stopping to it, and what you had was a global Facebook!

Enterprise Social Media - Founders of Facebook

L to R – Mark Zuckerberg, Eduardo Saverin, Andrew McCollum, Dustin Moskovitz, Chris Huges


Jack Dorsey, Evan Williams, Noah Glass and Biz Stone founded Twitter. Known as the “SMS of the internet” the idea of Twitter which was originally formulated at ‘twttr’ was a byproduct of a day long brainstorming session at the podcasting company Odeo. The idea came about when Jack Dorsey pitched the idea for communicating via an SMS service to a short group of people. Dorsey has explained the origin of the “Twitter” title: “…we came across the word ‘twitter’, and it was just perfect. The definition was ‘a short burst of inconsequential information,’ and ‘chirps from birds’. And that’s exactly what the product is.”

Enterprise Social Media - Founders of Twitter

L to R – Biz Stone, Jack Dorsey, Evan Williams, Noah Glass



The World Ranked page number 1 was founded by Larry Page and Sergey Brin two, Standford University PhD. students who wanted to organize  information available all across the world in one place OR simply “download the entire internet on one place.” Conventional Search Engines threw up information on the basis of the frequency of the ‘searched keyword by the user’ in the website. What was unique about Google’s way of throwing up information was that it looked at the importance of the websites that lead to the main ‘searched’ website and how many such websites existed.  This was called by Google as ‘the PageRank’ In fact, initially this was known as ‘BackRub’ as the mechanism would check the importance of links that would link back to the original site.

Enterprise Social Media - Founders of Google

L to R – Larry Page and Sergey Brin


Instagram started as an HTML5 check-in project known as Burbn, wad founded by Kevin Systrom and Brazillian Mike Krieger. This was a part of a project on mobile photography. The uniqueness of Instagram was the launch platforms back then in October 2010, where it was available on on devices supported by the iOS Operating systems. It also allowed users to display images with filters that could be added in a square shape as against the conventional images with a 4:3 aspect ratio. Today Instagram is a premier photo-sharing app and used by over 200 billion people.

Enterprise Social Media - Founders of Instagram

L to R –  Mike Krieger and Kevin Systrom


LinkedIn was invented by Reid Hoffman. Post studying philosophy at Oxford, Hoffman a staunch believer in the individual leveraging his own network, moved back into the Silicon Valley and started tapping his network to start off his software dream. Rejected by a number of Venture capitalists who first asked him to get a job, Hoffman networked his way into Apple and further moved forward to learn software development.  That was the first thing on his check list. Post that Hoffman thought that there were millions of people publishing content online. What application can be created to connect them? And thus was born LinkedIn.

Enterprise Social Media - Founders of LinkedIn

Reid Hoffman



Snapchat, originally known as Picaboo was invented by Evan Spiegel, controversially Reggie Brown and Bobby Murphy later on to develop the product. It was launched in Speilberg’s Living Room and was formulated as a part of a product development project at Stanford University. Initially hesitated upon by his class mates, today the very same app was valued at over $3 billion.

Evan Spielberg was the same 23-year old that was known to challenge Facebook owner Mark Zuckerberg, over his app Snapchat when Facebook threatened to launch Slingshot, a Snapchat version of Facebook, had Snapchat refused to be taken over by Mark Zuckerberg. Yes, a hostile take over!

Snapchat co-creators Evan Spiegel and Bobby Murphy

L to R – Bobby Murphy and Evan Spiegel


It’s a crime not including this on the list. In fact where would all the actual information that the world knew today really have come from? Kidding! Wikipedia was founded by Larry Sanger and Jimmy Wales.

Enterprise Social Media - Founders of Wikipedia

Jimmy Wales


Now here are a few interesting facts..

  • The founders of Google – Larry Page and Sergey Brin, the LinkedIn founder Reid Hoffman, the founders of Snapchat Evan Spiegel, Reggie Brown and Instagram founder Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger all went to Stanford university at one point in time in their lives.
  • LinkedIn was invented 2 years before Facebook, in the year 2002.
  • Instagram was acquired by Facebook in a $1 billion deal in the year 2012.
  • Evan Spiegel rejected a $3 billion deal for takeover by Mark Zuckerberg.

Many platforms above may have been missed out. That’s where you step in! Which other founders do you know of?

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