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What's in your news feed? The history of Facebook

Remember the days of Myspace, when we had a comment section instead of a wall, you could edit your profile using html, as well as have music playing instantly when you went on a site; no instant chat or status changes? And people didn't use their real names but instead had names like:"my life is how it is, don b jeALous." You would have to change your password or get a new account because hackers and spammers got into it all the time. Before we could even delete our profiles, or think about giving up social networking for good, a savior called Facebook came in, shoving Myspace to the side. This social networking site boasts a membership of 350 million users if that were a country, it would be the third largest in the world, only behind India and China.

However, since its founding, Facebook has done some remodeling, one that many users complain about. I remember the first wipers of a Facebook change, and I was telling anyone who would listen how unfair and bogus it was. Petitions and group pages to stop the changing of Facebook came up everywhere, and once the change finally came, there were more complaints to bring back the old Facebook. But it did not come back, and when the profile was changedagain, and again, the users complained, and shouted, created their groups, (and now fan pages, because that was the popular thing to do).

So let me help you remember what it is that you were complaining about.

Here is the original version of Facebook. It was first called "The Facebook" and available only to Harvard students, then gradually opened to the mass pubic. This is the 2004 version. It is simple, however you can see the ideas and things that could be changed for the future.

Here is what I call Facebook two. Notice the subtle changes. as you can see on the left, Facebook begins to start having ads. Facebook has a deal with Microsoft to only put up ads that are in their pool of customers. See how a status become available for users. Pictures of ones friends become easier for people to access and see. By 2006, Facebook has allowed those who were 13 and over with a valid email access this media. Their target audience however, is still business and adults.This third version of Facebook was the big change that many of us created fan pages of to get rid of. In retrospect, I would rather have this one than the very first version. Here, the profile, events and other information have shifted to the left. The inbox shows how many unread messages that you have. Going vertically on the left, are profile photos, groups, events, with the face that was on the upper left is gone now, and the news feed was added for easier access to what is being said to others. Editing information is simpler as well.


Here is the Facebook lite. A bit like a Diet Mountain Dew for those who still want some of the taste but can't handle the real sugar. This version is still available for those who computers may not be able to handle Facebook. It is also for people who like the simplicity of it. This version reminds me of what parents might use if they had a Facebook, because they cannot handle the real thing.




And here ladies and gentlemen, is the final version of Facebook that we all have. With controversy of Facebooks' privacy agreement, this one lets you custom about every bit of your Facebook; who can see what, and how much they can see. By the time this one came out, we were all up in arms, talking about how unoriginal Facebook was, and that we would soon have to switch to Twitter. I admit that I was one of those, but when I look at the changes, it's not that bad. Before writing this, I couldn't even remember what the last Facebooks looked like. Could you?


While were all still complaining about how unoriginal Facebook is, it is still making money off of our posts, rants, fan pages, groups etc. I hardly think that twitter was being original when it created something that only posts a status. Twitter is for famous people who want to look cool. Us "regular people" complain about leaving Facebook, yet we never do. Facebook is still growing in size, and has amazing numbers.A college student creating his own social network for the whole world; unoriginal? Or a whole bunch of people joining the same groups over and over again, logging on to a site that they are complaining about? who's unoriginal? If you feel that Facebook is changing too much, I agree with you 100 percent, but then one word brings me right back to reality:



{Kime Says} 

This post was originally published 4/5/10

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