Mark Zuckerberg reflects on Facebook's game-changing feature

By Shawn Knight ยท 4 replies
Sep 7, 2016
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  1. Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg recently penned a post on the social network commemorating the 10-year anniversary of something that’s become a part of billions of peoples’ daily lives – the News Feed.

    Zuckerberg notes that in the beginning (and for a period of two years), there was no News Feed as Facebook at that time was little more than a collection of profiles. You could visit your friends’ pages and glean basic details but there was no way to see updates and ensure that they saw yours.

    That changed with News Feed as you were suddenly able to see everything that was happening with your friends in a single place. Zuckerberg said it was such a fundamental idea that, even 10 years later, every major social app has its equivalent of News Feed.

    As is often the case with change, not everyone was hip to News Feed. Shortly after launch, Zuckerberg recounts that around a million users joined a protest group threatening to leave the social network unless they reverted back to the original way of doing things. Incredibly enough, some people even protested News Feed’s implementation in the streets outside of Facebook’s office.

    These days, News Feed serves as the heart and soul of the world’s largest social network. Facebook has added countless other features and services to its repertoire over the past decade en route to amassing more than 1.7 billion users but none of that would be possible without News Feed.

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  2. FF222

    FF222 TS Booster Posts: 93   +33

    It was such a fundamental idea, that it was invented at least half a decade earlier, by the first news readers, that compiled different RSS feeds into a single stream of news pieces. Facebook didn't invent anything, but merely applied the same idea to profile posts instead of news articles.
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  3. Kibaruk

    Kibaruk TechSpot Paladin Posts: 3,286   +903

    You mean, they were the first ones to actually create a method of applying RSS into social profiles... or a synonym you could also use to create is invent.
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  4. FF222

    FF222 TS Booster Posts: 93   +33

    That's as much an invention as is applying a band aid to a wound of a newborn infant. Nobody has done it before (because you know, that particular infant was just born recently), yet, there's nothing new about it, because it's essentially the very same thing that literally billions of people have been doing for decades.

    That's the same thing as Facebook applying feed and aggregation technology to their social profiles. Maybe nobody has done that particular thing before them (because you know, there were no Facebook profiles around prior to Facebook being born), but it's essentially the very same thing, that millions of users and hundreds of news readers have been doing many years before Facebook did.

    So, Facebook didn't invent anything. They merely applied an already existing, well-known and established technology to their own website in a rather trivial way.
  5. Kibaruk

    Kibaruk TechSpot Paladin Posts: 3,286   +903

    Hehe I like your simplistic view but nope, you are over simplifying things quite a lot. It's definitely not a band-aid and would be more like live tissue insert into a baby for the first time, true, the technology is pretty similar as would be for a grown man, the technique is quite very different and that's the creative part of the procedure, the challenges, the way a baby behaves and adapt to it, differences would be needed and so on.

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