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New Year, New Decade. How has social media evolved over the past ten years? 
Things change. We all know this. As the infamous saying goes, only two things in life are certain: death and taxes. But just how much have our favourite social media platforms changed since 2010? 
Firstly, we can look at the number of users. We came into the 2010s with just under one billion social media users worldwide. Fast forward to 2019 and we are nearly at three billion users. 
This could be due to the ever-increasing global population and the fact that more countries now have access to the internet. However, the constant evolution of these platforms may be holding people’s interest and convincing others to join. 
Looking back, we can easily see how social media has evolved from being a place to keep in contact with friends and family into a business empire filled with sponsored posts and “influencers”. This has been helped through the introduction of features such as live streaming and paid advertisements all whilst maintaining its fundamental core of personal profiles and messaging. 
We have gone from being able to virtually “poke” each other and sending cute emojis to sending ten-second videos and live streaming a gig we’re at. Gone are the days of Google+, Myspace and Vine as the past decade has seen Snapchat, Instagram and TikTok skyrocket in popularity and assert themselves as social networking powerhouses. 
What do you think is in store for this decade? What changes would you like to see made to social media in the next ten years? What new social media platforms could we see? 
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