For something that has become so crucial to our existence, social media hasn’t been around that long. Within the last few years, Internet applications have transformed from simple utilitarian tools to creative outlets for personal expression and innovation. And these platforms are very, very important to us: You can’t talk about social networking without thinking of Facebook addiction or Craigslist horror stories. Blogs that got people fired or TwitPics that were mistakenly sent have become common news fodder. Enjoy this short history of social media, and a look back at where it all started.