The Facebook turns ten today. What began as a closed student network in 2004 has grown into a social media monster connecting over 1 billion people that has changed the way communications are handled, business is done, messages are relayed, products and brands are interacted with and everything else in between.
In ten years.
Most of those changes have only happened in the last five as the network moved from close US college-only to a wide open all-encompassing behemoth.
While speaking on radio this morning about the ups and downs of Facebook over the past decade, you still have to tip your cap at the continued growth and development of a platform that continues to connect people on a global scale in terms of the numbers they’re doing.
The Dawning of Paper
Marking the ten year occasion, Facebook have released their latest mobile application for iOS users, Paper.
While at time of writing Paper is only available in the US iTunes store, you can follow this handy guide to download it wherever you’re based.
As an interface, I think it’s a gamechanger for Facebook in terms of how we engage with stories, updates, videos and photos on mobile devices. Thought of as a reading app from the outset, a la Flipboard, you can also repost stories and make your own status updates from the app.
It’s friendly to use, focuses heavily on swipe and tilt gestures (used for expanding your view on landscape photographs) and the pick-up is quite quick and straight forward.
Is is the Facebook mobile app you’ve always wanted? For some, it could well be. Check the video above for a behind the scenes look.