From Twitter’s launch of its new desktop app for Mac on January 6th to Google+ announcing admin and insights for brand pages on December 22nd, 2011 was quite the year for social networks. Here’s a full timeline of the notable moments in social networks in 2011.

Most of Twitter’s major changes in 2011 were customer-oriented. They updated their Twitter for Mac app in January, launched new search and discovery tools in April, unveiled its automatic link shortener in June, and completely redesigned their interface in December.

But not all of the changes at Twitter this past year were for its users. The company created new website buttons to enable visitors to more easily follow authors and content creators in May, and in July they made Promoted Tweets more visible for businesses to reach users with their brand message.

Twitter wasn’t the only network that had some pretty major milestones in 2011. Facebook, LinkedIn, YouTube and Google+ all had some pretty major redesigns, analytics tools, and new features throughout the year.

Here’s the full timeline itself, courtesy of Bluepost Digital (click to enlarge):

Source: MediaBistro

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