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The Social Space Spectacle At The Dawn Of Inception

The giants of social media have evolved to being hailed near to perfection, but we’re looking back at glimpses of how they began.

 

The Social Space Spectacle At The Dawn Of Inception

 

Our beloved social websites carry the oomph of technical finesse and aesthetic glamour, and that is a glorious account of today. It has taken umpteen updates and several years for them to finetune odd placements and upgrade with the brewing needs of the world.

Even though these are stories still in narration and the evolution the future holds could be fascinating to say the least, we set our sails to reminisce how the social space looked earlier. And by earlier, we mean flipping back our calendars to the age of their inception. 

 

Facebook

The saga of (the) Facebook is not new for history – Mark Zuckerberg’s creation holed up in a dorm room went from being a privilege available to esteemed schools to a global hyper-connection. It’s the world’s biggest scrapbook with notes scribbled through memories and achievements documented. Functioning as a more aesthetic alternative to the yellow pages, it’s a perpetual tab on our screens.

As the elite social networking hub opened up to other schools, the infrastructural development simultaneously grew. The blue scheme at its helm and a clumsier design to speak of, Thefacebook seems almost unrecognisable.

 

The Social Space Spectacle At The Dawn Of Inception
Circa 2004-06

 

The Social Space Spectacle At The Dawn Of Inception
Circa 2004-06

Cue out the timeline and chat heads, this was the profile section, which popped up whenever a name was searched. The information bar lists down every whit of detail – the primary purpose of the networking site.

2006 marked the globalisation of Facebook quarters as anyone over 13 could add a (dot)facebook(dot)com to their names. The status update option cropped up and the slew of features also debuted the news feed section. It wasn’t a directory anymore, it began a world of its own.

 

The Social Space Spectacle At The Dawn Of Inception
Circa 2004-06

 

The Social Space Spectacle At The Dawn Of Inception
Circa 2004-06

A raw rendition of what we know now, Facebook debuted the wall in 2010, which made people go berserk. They weren’t ready for it, but little did they know writing on walls would become the trending highlight.

The giants of social media have evolved to being hailed near to perfection, but we’re looking back at glimpses of how they began.

 

The Social Space Spectacle At The Dawn Of Inception
Circa 2004-06

The next bout of carnage came with the ticker section that proved to be a true boon and bane in its essence. 2011 also saw the debut of the timeline, which generated all shades of pandemonium. The aesthetic modification revamped how the profile looked and despite all the hatred it generated, it was here to stay. The feel of writing on walls somewhat suffered with the heavy timeline setting, but it chronicled and streamlined personal information to a great extent.

An aesthetic gaze influenced by Instagram, Facebook restructured the timeline a little and added the still-tepid story feature on walls. The pictorial representation and live features tagged along as it is, and Facebook market established a community of its own. The timeline remains decked up with a magnanimous cover to be the preface to a story, and the updates in changing the bio settings make it easier to look at.

Facebook’s perpetual utility feature remains to be that one of birthday reminders. Alas, what shall we do without it?

 

Instagram

The pictorial spin-off to Facebook was later on acquired by the social networking giant, which transformed life into a series of pictures. Originally heralded as Burbn, our beloved ‘gram was developed with the idea of sending telegrams through the instant camera. Putting it up on your Insta story or sliding in people’s DMs, you should better Insta it to see how much the app has changed.

 

The Social Space Spectacle At The Dawn Of Inception
Circa 2011

 

The Social Space Spectacle At The Dawn Of Inception
Circa 2011

Staying true to the Zuckerbergian shade of blue and carrying the archaic telegram logo, Instagram’s true journey began two years after its creation when Facebook infused life in the photo-sharing app. A mobile application for starters to chronicle adventures (and boredom), Instagram began as an interactive way for people to share what they’re doing and feed in their locations. Also, doesn’t the surge of username as monikers allow for quirkier identities?

The Instagram from 2012 had a vintage feel to it – sections neatly divided in four and picture editing resorting to only the basics. Filters came and logos replaced identifiers, eventually leading to the Insta feed receiving a facelift in 2015.

 

The Social Space Spectacle At The Dawn Of Inception
Circa 2018

It expanded from pictures to videos and eventually to sections of videography – the superzoom outweighed the zoom and the boomerang was the new aesthetic addition to the profile. Direct messaging went on to include the ominous ‘seen’ and ‘last active’ features, things we’re still getting used to.

The revamped colours and the restructured logo added to the app-makeover, just in time for Insta stories to become a rage. The colourful assemblage of fonts and backdrops truly make it a thing of beauty.

 

Snapchat

The verbiage of 2018 has a few odd lingos in collection: saving the streak, snapping it to people, or putting it as your story, it’s a pictorial revolution to its own credit. It’s not only a glimpse into someone else’s life, Snapchat’s geo-filters, Bitmojis, and paint brush allow for aesthetic quotients to be inspired.

The purple-hued backdrop encouraging us to share bits of our lives with friends began as a powerful idea. Best friends were soon made and scores marked the deftness at using the app. It was a clumsy collection of people and features but it spread like wildfire.

 

The Social Space Spectacle At The Dawn Of Inception
Circa 2011

 

The Social Space Spectacle At The Dawn Of Inception
Circa 2011

 

The Social Space Spectacle At The Dawn Of Inception
Circa 2011

The fire eventually extended the limitations of time and went on to move beyond the ‘timer’ in pictures. Snapchat rewarded its ardent users with emojis of streaks as they went on to receive private screenings of the life and times of their friends.

 

The Social Space Spectacle At The Dawn Of Inception
Circa 2011

 

The Social Space Spectacle At The Dawn Of Inception
Circa 2011

The best friends list disappeared, which invokes only bits of nostalgia. Filters came and occupied all gazes, followed by Bitmoji that brought with it quirky stickers to illustrate all shades of friendships.

The section to explore and subscribe to people and news organisations from all over the world spruced up the utility value of the app. Although the snap-map is one to dodge, Snapchat allowed us to create real ‘memories’ and also put long-running videos out there. The rudimentary essentials of calling and texting also became a part of the feature list.

The next time you send someone a streak-saving message, remember the legacy you’re a part of.

 

Twitter

Along with adding a host of features and aesthetic improvements to its feed, the networking site added essential vowels to the previous Twttr too. A trendsetter in all shades of the meaning, the bird (which interestingly built its nest in 2010) flew along to popularise hashtags whilst singing global messages, albeit only in 140 characters.

 

The Social Space Spectacle At The Dawn Of Inception
Circa 2006

The green logo and hideous content made the audience wary of its incomprehensible name – and when it asked everyone to publicly announce their activities, the populace in application of SMS couldn’t understand for the life of them why. (Also, no wonder group texts were never a craze).

It went on to refurbish its logo and its site – and the community of ‘friends’ evolved into a community of ‘followers’.

 

The Social Space Spectacle At The Dawn Of Inception
Circa 2006

Twitter soon began the dynasty of the hashtags and the hyperlinking which came with it – a treasured social media tool, which will go onto group every possible thing in existence.

 

The Social Space Spectacle At The Dawn Of Inception
Circa 2006

The X factor was added in 2010 when the website got a makeover with a streamlined homepage and profile. The embedding of all sorts of media enhanced the tweet aesthetics by substantial margin.

A more refined homepage, the option of ‘following’ on websites, and a slicker organisation of all features: the bird had finally cleaned its nest. It got edgier and neater, and the profile now looks a beautiful shade of picturesque.

 

The Social Space Spectacle At The Dawn Of Inception
Circa 2018

 

The Social Space Spectacle At The Dawn Of Inception
Circa 2018

 

Tumblr

The phenomena of relatable posts and GIFs started somewhere and turns out it tumbled its way through our social media. Who would have thought of building communities by throwing popular culture in the mix? Ideas started cropping up, things got personal, and very soon we scrolled our way through a website that knew us better than we could have fathomed. 

 

The Social Space Spectacle At The Dawn Of Inception
Circa 2007

A blog in all its essence, Tumblr ensured that the aesthetic quotient submitted to all degrees of flexibility. With customised themes painting the backdrop and bloggers, brands, and tastemakers creating and curating content, Tumblr began as a novelty of its kind.

 

The Social Space Spectacle At The Dawn Of Inception
Circa 2018

Over the years, the website has gone on to incorporate every shade in its palette and allowed people to establish presence on the website for inspirational, entertainment, or professional purposes. It’s an algorithmic version of you, for all your needs. 

 

YouTube

The video streaming giant is famed for its eclectic content: from music videos and trailers to cat videos, it’s a hub for every need. Starting off with a visual barter amongst users, the website went on to place channels within its ambit to streamline and allow interaction. The creative development revolutionised the internet generation, so much so that being a YouTuber has become a legitimate profession churning out young talent.

 

The Social Space Spectacle At The Dawn Of Inception
Circa 2005

 

The Social Space Spectacle At The Dawn Of Inception
Circa 2005

Resembling a hued virus, the YouTube website launched back in the day to cut through the chase: uploading videos, making your profile, and marking favourites, it brimmed with minimalistic aesthetics. Things changed when Google acquired the website, which eventually encouraged collaboration with creators by giving them a part of the revenue.

 

The Social Space Spectacle At The Dawn Of Inception
Circa 2005

Gradually individual and brand channels emerged and allowed us to track all content at one place. The structural change also marked the first innings of the matte red.

 

The Social Space Spectacle At The Dawn Of Inception
Circa 2018

Background variations available in black and white, YouTube’s facelift put in place subscriptions, serialised content, notifications, and a score of other features. Feed in any keywords of songs or look for snippets from shows and movies, the community at YouTube will look after you.

By maxim