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Take a look through Facebook's past

Facebook has come a long, long way since its sophomoric beginnings.
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Facemash

Today, as Facebook reaches its 10th anniversary, the business towers over the social-networking world with over a billion users. It didn't start that way. But, it's final legacy may not have much at all to do with social networking.

Simple, mildly offensive, and ugly, Mark Zuckerberg's first effort, Facemash, in 2003 gave little sign that it would be more than a somewhat amusing college joke. Vote for the hottest. Let's take a look.

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The Facebook

By 2004, thefacebook, in its first release, was already showing that it wanted to be far more than a joke.

 

 

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Indeed, later that same year, while it was still only for college students, Facebook had reached a million users. If you look closely, you can see the profile, groups, friends, and messages that would prove the site's enduring foundation.

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2008

By 2008, the Like button had made its appearance and the Facebook page now looks a great deal like the ones we use today. While the minor user interface details will change greatly from year-to-year, indeed sometimes from month-to-month, the basic look has been set.

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In 2014, Facebook's overall look is quite different, but you can see its 2008 roots at a glance.

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Happy Birthday Facebook

In 2014, you can also see many changes that some users aren't happy with. For example, that row of ads on the right annoys some and, although it doesn't show here, Facebook putting ads into the main news feeds really bugs many users--but not enough to make them leave.

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Open Compute

Behind all these pages lies what may prove to be Facebook's most lasting legacy: The open-source data-center project Open Compute. We can't know if Facebook will remain social networking's top dog, but we can be sure that Open Compute will change the infrastructure of the data center, the cloud, and thus the entire Internet for decades to come.

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