With 500 million users worldwide, Facebook is the largest social network on the Internet. Easily surpassing competitors like MySpace, however the oldest, has experienced a meteoric rise in recent years, and thanks to the will of constant renewal in which the site has demonstrated.
2. The Facebook at the beginning
At the time, it is neither more nor less than a virtual identification card for students destined for other academics. It is possible to enter some personal information like picture, interests or relationship. Even then, the university saw this site as a meeting place where users could find themselves through their common interests, despite the very limited interactivity. However, some functions still popular today, such as user groups, or wall messages.
After extending its services to the universities of Stanford, Columbia and Yale, TheFacebook can boast of having one million registered users on its network.
3. TheFacebook becomes Facebook
The first major change that will see the social network will be a shorter name, which went from “TheFacebook” to “Facebook” simply. The new name accompanies a new version of the site, providing more complete and a few new features. In the disorder include Poke, the ability to send multiple photos on profile. The site began to take an international dimension, since October 2005, it extends to other continents and also accepts the European schools.
In its second year of operation, Facebook was available in over 800 schools across the United States and more than 5.5 million users at the end of the year.
4. Photo albums
That is certainly one of the biggest news site known all his life. Until October 2005, Facebook users could only learn their profile photo. Cannot have more than one, let alone to suggest the site’s holiday photos.
Facebook decides at the end of 2005 to offer users the ability to send multiple photos. Initially, this function should simply serve those who wish to receive from all angles, but soon the service has been used to send pictures of evenings with students, travel or just random shots. This prompted Facebook to identify several people in one photo, but mainly to classify the photos by album to better store and tell them apart.
Photo albums were a huge success. More than 50 billion photos are circulating on the site today, with each week more than 220 million new photos added. Certainly one of the biggest success of the site, and one of the favorite features of users.
5. Facebook open to everyone!
Another major change occurred in 2006 for Facebook, but not least. We have seen, the social network previously reserved only for students and university networks. And if the conditions for registration were extended to certain views corporate networks, to monitor the alumni of the school, no exception was made. At least until September 2006 when the site has been open to everyone.
Any email address was then agreed to create a new account on the social network, which quickly led to sharply increase the number of users. The site took the opportunity to add a number of important innovations, such as “news feed”. Including the ability to know the news of his friends directly on the homepage of the site, which centralizes all the information.
At the end of 2006, the site has 12 million users, more than doubled in just one year.
6. The explosion of applications
Facebook applications have also benefited from changes made during the year 2006 to spread widely. If they are now part of everyday users, it was hardly the case in 2006 and for good reason. Facebook had exclusive access to the platform application development. Where a development platform for third party publishers was opened in August 2006, it quickly led to the birth of many applications.
Today, Facebook applications are created in over 180 countries. The site has over 550 000 active applications, used by 100 million users.
7. Facebook Connect
The current popularity of Facebook that does not sound concept, but also a novelty that has spread well beyond the social network is Facebook Connect. Launched in 2008, this feature allows other sites to integrate modules incorporating certain features of the site, giving direct access to Facebook on any page on the Web.
Facebook Connect makes it possible to display its list of friends, to propose a link-sharing social network to identify themselves or directly to a site using their Facebook account. If this has allowed the site to offer unprecedented visibility on the Internet, users appreciate about them to find applications on Facebook Connect using external sites.