While the company's design doesn’t
seem to have changed a whole lot, its services and capabilities sure
have. Created by Stanford PhD students Sergey Brin and Larry Page,
Google officially launched Sept. 4, 1998. The interface was so simple
because the founders didn’t know HTML and were looking for a quick
The video sharing website that brought
us hits like “Charlie bit my finger” and “Sneezing panda” first
launched in February 2005 with a practically empty interface and no
evidence of videos. The first video uploaded to the site was created by
one of YouTube's founders, Jawed Karim, and was titled “Me at the Zoo.”
It was a 19-second clip of him in front of elephants at the San Diego
Facebook -- or should I say
Thefacebook -- was created by Mark Zuckerberg in February 2004. As the
original interface indicates, the site was only available for Harvard
University students, which eventually expanded to today's 800 million
users across the world. The interface also featured the image of a
man’s face in the upper left hand corner, a digitally manipulated photo
of Al Pacino.
An acronym for “Yet Another
Hierarchical Officious Oracle,” Yahoo was the product of another
Stanford duo, Jerry Yang and David Filo. In March 1995 the site was
heralded as the first online navigational guide to the web. The original
interface featured a simple search bar and hyperlinks to other
websites, but soon became a sleek, personalized news website.
The mecca of online shopping can trace
its roots back to 1995, when it was primarily an online bookstore.
Jeffrey Bezos named the site after the Amazon River. The original site
contained small text and icons, which still informs its most recent
This barely recognizable design was
the first concept of co-founder Jack Dorsey back in July 2006. It
featured the word "Twttr," which was inspired by Flickr and SMS
shortcode (which always includes five characters). Although the
interface design has changed at least six times in the last five years,
that hasn't deterred its more than 100 million users.
Launched in August 2003 as a
competitor to Friendster, MySpace's original design was pretty bland.
When MySpace skyrocketed to popularity between 2005 and 2008, News Corp.
bought the social networking site for $580 million. Although it holds
the former title of most-visited site on the Internet, MySpace sharply
declined in the past few years. The site recently sold to Specific Media
and Justin Timberlake for $35 million.