Somedays it’s hard to remember what life was like before the onslaught of social media networks. Let’s take a stroll down memory lane and learn some little known facts about today’s most popular networks. Sorry Myspace, this party is for cool people only.
Here are our 10 little known facts about popular social media networks:
Twitter started out as Odeo
The founders of Twitter originally launched a service for finding and subscribing to Podcasts called Odeo. After iTunes took over the market, they knew they needed to make a change. They then relaunched as Twttr, a group texting service that has since become the Twitter we know and love today. (Source)
Facebook started out as Facemash
Founded specifically for Harvard students, Facemash was a place to rank classmates against each other in a “hot or not” fashion. Mark Zuckerburg soon launched The Facebook for Harvard students. As Facebook gained popularity and spread across the country, the “The” was dropped. Facebook is now open to anyone over the age of 13 and has over 1.23 billion active users. (Source)
LinkedIn’s second largest audience is in India
With a growing international user base, LinkedIn is finding the most members, second to the US, in India. This professional networking site is often used by Indians to gather wisdom and skills from the large network of professionals. (Source)
The founders of Pinterest first created an app called Tote
After founding Cold Brew Labs, the founders of Pinterest launched an app called Tote. This app allowed users to browse from 30 different stores on their phones. The app also had the functionality to save your favorite items. From “Tote your favorite things” to “Pin the things you love,” these founders discover a niche and ran with it. (Source)
Google+ cost $585 million to build
Google+, often considered one of the biggest social media failures, was built by 500 Google employees at the cost of $585 million. Originally rumored to be the downfall of Facebook, Google+ failed to provide a platform that users migrated towards. Due to the low usage rates, Google has recently begun referring to Google+ as a “social layer across all of Google’s services” as opposed to a social network. (Source)
Mark Zuckerburg suffers from red-green color blindness
Facebook is primarily blue, which is largely because of Zuckerburg’s color blindness. Blue is one of the only colors he can see. In addition to Zuckerburg’s ability to see blue, the Facebook brand has become associated with the color and is unlikely to change. (Source)
Snapchat’s original name was Picaboo
Snapchat was first launched in 2011 as an app called Picaboo. By 2012 it was relaunched and rebranded in the App Store and Google Play. Snapchat now boasts more picture traffic than Facebook and Instagram combined with 400 million snaps sent daily. (Source)
Pinterest’s first office was in a tiny house, a guy named Dave lived there
After Pinterest formed a team, they needed an office. Being based in the San Francisco area, office space was hard to come by and expensive so they moved into a tiny house, complete with an outdoor conference room. For unknown reasons, Dave, who did not work for the company, was a full time resident of the office. (Source)
Instagram didn’t release an Android app until 2013
Founded in 2010, Instagram was a near instant success. But it took three years before this photo sharing app was available to non-iPhone users. Within 12 hours of releasing the Android app, Instagram had 1 million downloads. (Source)
YouTube was purchased by Google for $1.65 billion in stocks
Just one month after launch, YouTube already had 3 million visitors, a number that tripled by it’s third month. A short 18 months after YouTube launched, Google purchased it using Google stocks totaling $1.65 billion. (Source)
Hope you enjoyed the ride. It’s crazy to look back at how many changes have happened in the past 2 decades.
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