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Way Back When: This Is What Facebook Used To Look Like -- Remember That?

OCTOBER 11, 2016  —  By Matthew Derrick  
Matthew Derrick

Matthew Derrick

Writer and sassy ginger currently residing in central Pennsylvania. Matt spends most of his free time online shopping for clothing that he doesn't need, perfecting the art of eye-rolling, and indulging in all forms of pop culture.

It's hard to believe that just a quarter-century ago, most households were without home computers.

Today, however, it's rare to find someone who isn't plugged in all day long. Most families have multiple smartphones, laptops, iPads, iPods, and computers and are always directly in touch with loved ones through social media outlets like Facebook. It's hard to believe that just ten years ago, most of us had never even heard of Facebook, let alone thought we would all have profiles one day.

Unless you've been living under a rock, you're probably familiar with the current layout of your Facebook homepage.

But in 2005, Facebook looked a little something like this:

The original concept of Facebook was to serve as a virtual phonebook of sorts.

You couldn't sign up for Facebook unless you were associated with a network like a college, and once signed up, you could only connect with those in your specific networks. There were networks for most high schools and universities, and even for a few places of employment.

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Random friend requests and Facebook stalking weren't things in 2005 because no one had access to other groups, making the network a bit less than social.

And let's not forget that the original Facebook profile borrowed much of its formatting from Myspace. Next time your grandma calls it "the Facebook," just assume she's kickin' it old school by using its original name.

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But all good things must come to an end. Nowadays, online stalking is par for the course. I wonder what Facebook will look like in another decade or so.

Oh, nostalgia! You are a funny creature. What design features would you like to see added to Facebook in the future?


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