Check out this infographic on the “visual internet” from 1991 to present


Back in 2005 YouTube co-founder Jawed Karim posted the first video of himself at the zoo. Today over 1 billion hours of YouTube videos are watched every day. As the internet has grown and evolved it has become more visually-oriented, and today even the way that people read online is changing. It’s hard to believe that just 26 years ago the Internet was all black and white text.

Humans have a shorter attention span than goldfish these days, but a human can process visual information in 13 milliseconds. Most people who read online scan in an F pattern, only actually reading the first few sentences of each paragraph or section. For this reason, the way that people write online has changed to accommodate a more visual style of assimilating information. Online content these days often includes:

  • Bulleted lists of information
  • Subheaders that summarize information
  • Supporting images that help tell the story

In fact, articles with images every 75-100 words get twice as many shares as articles with fewer images. People online respond better and more frequently to visuals, and it is even programming us to use them more often. When you post an article on Facebook it doesn’t get much attention. But when you post a photograph you get a lot more attention. This attention acts as a reward and as a result, you end up posting more of what you know will perform well – images.

Are you programmed to learn visually online? Learn more about the evolution of the visual Internet from this infographic! Thanks to Frames Direct for putting this together.


What do you think about this infographic? What do you think about the state of the internet then and now? Would you change anything about it? Let us know in the comments below or on Google+, Twitter, or Facebook.

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