Just imagine what could be the scenario when there was no way to see updates from all your friends and nobody could see yours. But News Feed that turned 10 today, is now being viewed as an integral part of Facebook’s success and is one of the most advanced systems Facebook CEO Mark Zukerberg and his team, consisting four members, has built.
For billions people across the world, News Feed considers everything your friends are posting and all of the media content you might be interested in. It tries to show you what you’ll find most important to view and read. So, do you think anything like this has ever been built before? Obviously not!
So on the special occasion, Zuckerberg took to Facebook to share a flurry of public posts with his 78 million followers celebrating what he dubbed his firm’s “most advanced” creation of his team.
The Facebook CEO shared a Facebook memory, which included a photo of the original team that helped create News Feed — several of whom later joined Zuckerberg for a live-stream.
Describing the feature’s invention as one of his “favorite stories from Facebook’s history,” Zuckerberg recalled how different Facebook looked before its introduction, when the social network had a mere 10 million users. “At the beginning of Facebook, there was no News Feed,” he said, wishing “Happy 10th birthday, News Feed!”
Ten years, and over a billion additional users down the line, News Feed is now viewed as an integral part of Facebook’s success. “Technically, News Feed is one of the most advanced systems we’ve built,” states Zuckerberg.
Apart from Zuckerberg, four members of the original team that worked on the feature joined their boss for a Facebook Live broadcast.
Speaking during the stream, Facebook Chief Product Officer Chris Cox described the News Feed’s debut as “the most inglorious launch moment in history.”
You will be shocked to know that 10 percent of users initially threatened to boycott the News Feed, according to a former staffer. However, instead of shutting down the new system, the social networking site put its trust in the stats, which showed that engagement on the platform had doubled as a result of its introduction.
Interestingly, the News Feed is later referred to as Facebook’s version of a “newspaper”. The team wants to make the News Feed even more diverse than any newspapers or TV stations.