From Smoke Signals to Smartphones: The Evolution of Communication

Starting with the use of signal drums to send messages in ancient Africa and finishing with the advent of social media at the beginning of the 21st century, communication methods have evolved. We've witnessed the hard work required, and the decline and disappearance of some methods, but what does the future hold?

London, United Kingdom, March 29, 2013 --( Mikogo, the global provider of online meetings, has published an infographic depicting the evolution of communication over the past eight millennia. Starting with the use of signal drums to send messages in ancient Africa and finishing with the advent of social media at the beginning of the 21st century, it portrays how communication methods have evolved, the hard work required, the decline and disappearance of some methods, and finally raises the question - where can we go from here?

Not all of history’s communication methods, however, can be summarized in one page. A range of select milestones in the evolution of communication have been highlighted – such as the advent of the telegraph, newspaper and mobile phone – while recognizing other major communication breakthroughs that have strongly contributed to how we interact today despite seeming irrelevant at the time, such as email.

The history of communication is presented in a timeline, leading up to the 21st century and the rise of social media and internet-connected devices. Mikogo aims to draw attention to the growing use of the Web as a communication medium, while comparing this to the corresponding decline of ordinary post, which is expected to continue its dramatic fall since volumes peaked at the end of the 20th century.

Predictions of the meteoric rise of modern communication methods, such as social media, are then illustrated at the end of the infographic. This draws attention to the impact these communication breakthroughs have had while reminding us of how easily we forget the hard work required to achieve these historical accomplishments. Furthermore, this begs the question “what will happen next?” as we review how quickly the world of communication has evolved in recent years.

“Every day we communicate with what we consider basic tools for interacting with others,” explains Mark Zondler, Managing Director of Mikogo. “By creating this infographic we hope viewers might stop for a moment and realize that all these tools had their own beginnings, and many took years to achieve and we would not be where we are without them. These tools and their pioneers deserve recognition. The mobile phone is my favorite example – it took over a decade to successfully make the first mobile phone call and today there are over 34,000 phone calls made every second in the USA.”

The infographic can be viewed on and is available as a free download for sharing.

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About Mikogo
Mikogo ( incorporates innovative desktop sharing technology to provide an easy-to-use online meeting solution for high-quality online collaboration. Used by more than 1 million registered users in over 180 countries, Mikogo’s customers consist primarily of small- to medium-sized businesses that use the software for online meetings, web conferencing, remote support and online trainings. At present, more than 3,000 corporate customers are using the Mikogo technology and benefiting from significantly reduced travel time and travel expenses.
Andrew Donnelly