Many remembered having joined when Facebook was still just for college students.
- Matt wrote: My first impression of facebook was that it was an absolutely genius necessity. Initially, it was used as a status symbol. I graduated high school in 2006 when a college email was needed to sign up. After getting that acceptance letter, high school seniors would sign up and start exploring the social network. The second fantastic use of facebook at the time was to coordinate with your roommate. It was easy to learn your random roommate’s interests, have conversations, and even plan how to split who brings the microwave or the toaster to that first day of college.
- I joined in 2004 or 2005-ish because I had a friend at school on the East Coast who had heard about it. It was great for me because I went to school pretty far away from most people I knew at the time, so it was fun to keep up with them. Since I've moved a number of times since then, that's still primarily what I use it for.
Some signed up when it was still competing with MySpace.
- Brady wrote: I was actually very disappointed the first time I used Facebook in September, 2007. It felt like MySpace, but with fewer features. “This will never catch on until they let users actually customize their pages,” I told friends, “That’s what makes MySpace so popular.”
Ha. Good thing I’m not an investor.
People appreciated the ability to be in touch with people both near and far.
- I joined 5 years ago. And, until about a year ago, I thought it was simply an exercise in low-brow narcissism: "see my pretty children," "here we are at the beach making dumb faces ...." That sort of thing. Since that time, facebook has managed to turn me on to a number of cultural events that interest me. And I've also used it to locate people I haven't been in contact with for years.
Of course, there are some who don't reminisce quite as fondly.