Facebook’s 10th birthday was on Tuesday, so now seemed like as good a time as any to take a quick look back at the social media juggernaut, in Facebook’s own words first, then via a trip down memory lane with a gallery of Facebook profile designs from BusinessInsider.
And BusinessInsider makes us feel nostalgic:
Remember when Facebook was called Thefacebook? It started at Harvard and slowly opened up to other colleges.
Before the News Feed launched, Facebook was essentially just a collection of disconnected profiles back in 2005.
Mark Zuckerberg’s profile in 2006.
Facebook launched the News Feed to display all your friends’ activity in a single timeline in 2006.
At the same time, Facebook introduced the Mini-Feed. But the entire concept of a news feed resulted in some very public outrage. Some users even went so far to call one of Facebook’s product managers the devil.
In 2009, Facebook’s homepage got a facelift. It started to creep onto Twitter’s territory with the addition of a real-time news feed. That same year, Facebook also introduced its algorithm for determining the order in which status updates should be displayed.
In 2010, Facebook brought notifications to the top navigation bar following yet another redesign.
Facebook rolled out a new, more visual profile in 2010. It added a row of recently tagged images below your name and basic profile information.
Facebook launched the News Ticker in 2011 so users could keep up with their friends while browsing through other parts of Facebook.
The Facebook Timeline feels like it’s been around since the beginning. But it launched in 2011 to act as a virtual timeline of your entire life.
Facebook started flooding the News Feed with sponsored stories in January 2012.
Now, the News Feed and the entire layout of Facebook is designed to get you to spend even more time on the social network. It now offers a variety of news feeds, like “All Friends,” “Following,” “Games,” and “Photos.”