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20 years since the launch of Facebook.. How much has changed over two decades?


20 years since the launch of Facebook.. 

How much has changed over two decades?

Facebook, the world-changing social media giant

was 20 years old on 4 February.

In those two decades, Facebook's founder, Mark Zuckerberg

went from being an obsessed boy to a billionaire in Silicon Valley. 

The product he created has witnessed an equally spectacular transformation.

Facebook was founded on 4 February 2004

at which time the site was intended to replace the real "Facebook"

which was a paper brochure depicting Harvard students and teachers.

But :

  • compared to the recent version of the sit
  • the site at its beginning may seem completely abstract
  • as there was no news file, timeline or status updates

and only one photo per profile.

When Facebook was first launched, users needed an email address

harvard.edu to be able to register, although throughout 2004

it reached other universities as well, including Stanford, Oxford and Cambridge.

The site was not accessible to the public until 2006

and anyone over the age of 13 can sign up for the first time.

But in those years between the founding of the site and opening up to the public

a lot of big changes were made, and Facebook dropped the definition

from its name after buying the facebook.com domain for $ 200 thousand.

The other major change took place on February 5, 2006, just 20 days before

Facebook opened the world, with the site adding

the first version of the news file.

This changed, it was the first time that Facebook

had become more than just a bunch of profiles and groups.

Another classic feature that

  1. you might remember
  2. from the age of
  3. "Facebook" was the pickpocket button.

On the FAQ page early in 2005

  • Facebook said that the focus button was created because
  • "we thought it would be fun to create a feature that
  • has no specific purpose and see what happens next."

But this pointless feature has proven to be very popular with users

or sending a wave of digital setbacks.

2008 was the year of Facebook's signature developments with 

the company launching Facebook Chat, the messaging 

service developed into the Messenger version.

In 2009 :

the home page got some cosmetic updates 

and started updating the schedule in real time.

In 2010 :

Facebook first obtained a notification tab in the top navigation bar.

In 2011 :

 Facebook underwent another overhaul that led to the elimination of

some old features. He added a visual timeline that

allows Facebook users to tell their life story from birth to the present day.

In the past decade or so

Facebook has introduced a number of new features that 

have added various functions to the site.

In 2015, Facebook Live (Live) was introduced.

Facebook :

  • provided filters in Messenger
  • an in-app camera and Facebook stories
  • which all appear to have originated with Snapchat.

Most recently :

in 2022 :

Facebook launched its short video service: Reels.

Facebook :

now faces criticism that its algorithm is responsible

for promoting harmful and inflammatory content.

At a U.S. Senate hearing

Facebook's algorithm was accused of promoting child sexual abuse material.

Zuckerberg apologized to families who said their children had been harmed

by the social site, but insisted that the company was doing

its best to protect young users.