The Most Important Facebook Redesigns in Facebook's 10-Year History

By Ashley Feinberg on at

Ten years ago today, Mark Zuckerberg gave birth to The Facebook and launched an online social revolution in his Harvard digs. We all know what happened next—thanks in no small part to an eight-time Academy Award-nominated film. With such humble beginnings, no one could have predicted the wild success (and cries of outrage) the site's many iterations would bring over the years.

So in honour of Facebook's tenth birthday, travel with us back to simpler times as we take a look back at the site's biggest design changes in each year of its existence. Prepare yourself—nostalgia is about to hit hard.


 

2004

On February 4, The Facebook goes live on Harvard's campus before slowly opening itself to other colleges about a month later.

The Most Important Facebook Redesigns in Facebook's 10-Year History


 

2005

Dropping the "the," Facebook.com expands to include high school students and introduces the Photos feature for the very first time.

The Most Important Facebook Redesigns in Facebook's 10-Year History


 

2006

Facebook opens it doors to everybody. News Feed also makes its debut, spurring the first of what will soon be seemingly endless debates on privacy settings.

The Most Important Facebook Redesigns in Facebook's 10-Year History


 

2007

Despite Facebook Beacon causing major privacy concerns, the site expands to include 50 million users by the end of the year.

The Most Important Facebook Redesigns in Facebook's 10-Year History


 

2008

Facebook debuts an iPhone app, Facebook Chat, and long-awaited privacy controls for Friend Lists.

The Most Important Facebook Redesigns in Facebook's 10-Year History


 

2009

Users can now "Like" things and are given their own personal Mini Feeds.

The Most Important Facebook Redesigns in Facebook's 10-Year History


 

2010

Facebook gets rid of tabs, hits 500 million users, and launches Facebook places before killing it less than a year later.

The Most Important Facebook Redesigns in Facebook's 10-Year History


 

2011

Facebook introduces its biggest changes yet with Timeline and the front page News Tickers.

The Most Important Facebook Redesigns in Facebook's 10-Year History


 

2012

Facebook increases its focus on visual design with a new, larger photo viewer, but the addition of sponsored stories and Graph Search (once again) upsets users.

The Most Important Facebook Redesigns in Facebook's 10-Year History


 

2013

The Facebook you know and love, with a Timeline that now exists in a much less confusing single column.

The Most Important Facebook Redesigns in Facebook's 10-Year History

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