Today celebrates Facebook’s 9th Birthday, and in light of that we have decided to take a look back over the past few years to see just how the top Social Networks have changed aesthetically.
The Facebook was started in 2004 by Mark Zuckerberg as a college social networking site.
2007 marked the year Facebook became a platform in which interaction and engagement became the key features of Facebook
In 2009 the news feed became much more prominent and the like and share buttons were introduced.
Facebook 2011 brought a change to the top bar, a new chat layout and also a “happening right now” feed.
The world’s largest social network now has more than 900 million users, and with Facebook Search just launched who knows what will be next for it.
Twitter (or Twttr at the time) was set up in 2006 by Jack Dorsey enabling users to send text based “tweets”
Twitter signed up more than 100 million new users in 2010, with profiles being fully filled out and users feeling more comfortable to share information with others
2013 sees a different layout and the network is now hugely popular with both businesses and consumers.
YouTube was launched in February 2005 by 3 former PayPal employees for video sharing.
5 Years after its launch, there were 35 hours of video being uploaded to YouTube every minute with more than 200 billion playbacks in 2010.
In 2013 YouTube is the second biggest search engine in the world, just behind Google, and 60 hours of video is uploaded through it every minute.
LinkedIn was launched in May 2003, before all the other big networks in the Social Media world. The business network gained 4,500 just in its first month.
LinkedIn reached 15 million users in 2007 and also launched its corporate blog.
In 2013 user join LinkedIn at a rate of 2 a second with the total of users now exceeding 175 million.
Myspace was launched in 2003 as an updated version of Friendster and soon became one of the largest online companies.
2013 has seen a relaunch for Myspace with a new image and direction – but will it take off the ground again?
The world of Social Media is ever changing and by the time you read this there may already be a new design emerging for one of the main Social Networks. It is nice to see how the platforms have grown and evolved over time and while we don’t necessarily know what will be the next big thing or what old social network may crawl out of the woodwork, we know we will never be short of updates and redesigns to add to this list.