Social media are fundamentally changing the structure of the media, communications patterns and the public sphere 1995 1997 2014 The first German newspaper, namely the leftist/liberal taz, goes online only six years after the foundation of the World Wide Web. After its go-live, the membership of the digitaz community surges. About 4.1 million German citizens over the age of 14 use the new online access channels at least occasionally. In 2014, the figure rises to around 55.6 million, or 79.1 percent of the over-14s in Germany. Some 28 million people in Germany use Facebook. An Allensbach study mentions 1 million Germans who twitter frequently. The leading social media site is WhatsApp, with a good 35 million users.