12 revolutions that have made Facebook (contd.)
Facebook will monitor technological developments in other areas and adapt. A few months after the release of the iPhone, Facebook announced the launch of a version of its website specially dedicated to this phone. This will be the starting point for the extension of Facebook on mobile. If the site has indeed quickly implemented on the Apple phone, other brands will also be affected, and Facebook comes quickly in the pocket of most of its users.
These innovations occur during the year 2007 and the site continues to increase its popularity. Between December 2006 and April 2007, 8 million new entrants are taking advantage of the opening of Facebook, bringing the total enrollment to 20 million. Today, between iPhone, Blackberry or Android, Facebook has 150 million users connecting from a mobile, and that in 60 countries and in more than 200 operators.
9. The arrival of Marketplace
Even then, it provided an opportunity for users to post an ad to buy or sell items, seek or offer a job, etc.. Unlike other successful applications of Facebook, it took a little time to engage, even in the United States, it suffered from competition from Craigslist, a leader in the field of ad on the Internet. Yet it enjoys some popularity today, and is seen increasingly used throughout the site.
At the end of 2007, Facebook confirmed its rapid growth by announcing more than 50 million registered users worldwide.
10. Facebook in Other Languages
With so many users around the world, it became quite complicated to propose a site entirely in English. In February 2008, Facebook officially launched its site in Spanish and French versions in the same year, Facebook translated into 21 additional languages.
11. Chatting on Facebook
Apart from translations in different languages, Facebook does not really launched his revolutionary new site in 2008. But one that will soon become very popular and will be subsequently used the social network: it is the chat, launched in April, attracted the more users.
While the private messages were present since the first version of the site, the arrival of a live chat might seem superfluous at first. Yet from its inception, it has been a resounding success and is seen used by a huge majority of people registered on the site. It requires adding a new toolbar at the bottom of the page, and provides basic yet practical functions, such as the ability to hide its presence online in order to avoid being embarrassed.
Facebook chat is obviously still present on the site today, but it also benefits the various interconnections with other services. Thus, it is possible to find directly on software such as Trillian , eBuddy, Adium and even Windows Live Messenger .
12. The arrival of the “Like”
The Facebook “Like”, like the poke, is the perfect example of a simple idea of the site, but that proved indispensable in the future. Launched in February 2009, it shows ‘we appreciate a status, a photo or any other publication’.
The phenomenon of “Like” quickly spread on Facebook, to the point that today it is available in several variants. There are particular ‘Like Pages, successors of “fan pages”, whose purpose is to group several users around a common center. These pages have even supplanted in this task the famous Facebook groups, gradually abandoned by the Internet to turn to like pages.
It was also in 2009 that the site saw its number of users explode. In January, 150 million users are identified, a number that was 200 million three months later. With 250 million subscribers in July and 300 million in September, the site will end the year with over 350 million members.
13. Facebook your location
The last date for significant innovation in the LBS, which made its debut this summer on Facebook. Named “Places”, this function is intended primarily for users of the mobile version of the site.
Still, this service seems to see some success from the users, who are already well received as some older Foursquare. Moreover, these few squabbles do not seem to tarnish the popularity of Facebook, which announced in July last year having passed the bar the half billion users …
14. The different versions of Facebook
Over the years, Facebook has had different versions, and therefore different design. It is interesting to note how the site has evolved over its formatting. Moreover, it is more instructive to look at the different versions that Facebook has proposed almost a year since its inception.