When you think of social media, what’s the first platform to come to your mind? Yes, that’s correct. It is Facebook. Founded by the then-Harvard student Mark Zuckerberg, this social channel has revolutionized the way we communicate these days. Who knew we would be connecting with our childhood friends as adults or even finding a life partner on it? But Facebook has made it possible and how.
Even though its journey has not been uneventful, Facebook has seen more highs than lows. Come, let us take a trip down to memory lane to see how Facebook has changed:
Till 2004, “The Facebook” was available to only students from Harvard. It was in 2006 that the website received its first major design overhaul. A News Feed was added to the user’s page and Mini Feed appeared on all individual profile pages.
In that year, the same News Feed was replaced by a real-time stream. Facebook also started asking its users, “What’s on your mind?” to instigate them to share updates. The social channel was becoming popular around that time and its user base count entered millions.
Facebook introduced pages, prompting celebrities and brands to create a separate page and engage their fans. Like Britney Spears? You could literally “like” her page and follow her updates. The channel again got a face-lift in this year.
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Real-time activity feed was enabled on everyone’s homepage. Facebook enabled video calling and also introduced “Timeline” for users to “tell their life story”. Users were also able to “follow” one another by switching on a feature in Settings. 2011 was a year of major developments at Facebook.
After Facebook acquired Instagram in 2012 and continued making minors tweaks in its algorithm over the next few years, it finally jumped on the Advertising bandwagon in 2014. Although it frustrated the users as they were not able to see the posts as per real-time, brands made the most out of it to promote themselves. And this game only got stronger in 2015.
As of April 2016, Facebook has introduced 5 emotions – Love, Haha, Wow, Sad, Angry – in the form of a button, besides “Like”. It was done with the intention of personalizing the communication and actually giving the users an easier way to express how they felt for a particular image.
What do you think? Has Facebook made your life easy or are you indifferent about it? We would love to hear your opinions.