Let me be honest. I didn’t even have a vague plan of writing this very blog post. The actual idea was to list all the products, services, and apps by Facebook — just like I did Over 201 Google Products & Services You Probably Don’t Know.
And I even started writing this blog post with the title “Over 51 Facebook Products & Services You Probably Don’t Know” only to realize later that they don’t even have 21 standalone products (including web and mobile apps). :D
Nevertheless, I’m listing all the products and services and apps offered by Facebook. And you will see that Facebook’s dominance comes from just three
products apps. Facebook. WhatsApp. Instagram.
As you probably know, Facebook is the single largest social network out there and is also the second most popular website on the web according to Alexa Top 500 Global Websites (the first being Google + YouTube).
Facebook is not the first social network and yet it’s dominating the web 2.0. Just like Google did. Google wasn’t the first search engine out there but it managed to change the way we used the web. Google changed the way we gathered information, and it changed the way we spend our time online.
Facebook did the same. It changed the social networking scene forever and at the same time it crushed several other social networking websites (MySpace, Orkut, Friendster, Hi5, to name a few) and several mobile apps.
So today, I’m listing all the products and services and apps by Facebook. And I will be updating this article as they launch more products or make more acquisitions.
A List Of All Facebook Products, Services, & Apps
Over 1.71 billion monthly active users. Over 1 billion mobile daily active users. Over 1.5 billion searches per day. Over $300 billion market capitalization. That’s the stats of Facebook.
- Facebook (Facebook.com) — The largest social network on the planet with over 1.7 billion users. And the Facebook centric products or rather features include Profile, News Feed, Messenger, Groups, Events, Video, Photos, Search, Pages, and Facebook for Business.
- Instagram (iOS, Android, Windows Mobile) — The most popular photo-sharing app with over 500 million users.
- Facebook Messenger (Messenger.com) — An instant messenger app by Facebook that lets Facebook users chat with their friends (on mobile and on the web). And then there are a handful of “for Messenger” apps like Sound Clips, Stickered, Strobe, Selfied, and Shout for Messenger that are available for both iOS and Android.
- WhatsApp — The most popular messaging app for mobile with over a billion users.
- Moments — A photo app for iOS and Android that lets you create shared photo albums with your friends and family. With Moments you can send photos to your friends and get photos back.
- Internet.org (now known as Free Basics) — Free Basics by Facebook provides people with access to useful services on their mobile phones in markets where internet access may be less affordable. The websites are available for free without data charges, and include content on things like news, employment, health, education and local information.
- Facebook Paper* — A social magazine app for iOS and it was considered as a Flipboard competitor. After shutting it down, Facebook launched Instant Articles and integrated several design features of Paper with it.
- Facebook Poke* — A messaging app for iOS that allowed you to send expiring text, photos, or videos to your Facebook friends. And it was Facebook’s first attempt to compete with Snapchat when its CEO rejected the $3 billion acquisition offer by Facebook.
- Facebook Slingshot* — An instant messaging app for iOS and Android that allowed you to send disappearing photo and video messages. In other words, another Snapchat competitor by Facebook that failed miserably.
- Lifestage — Share a visual profile of who you are with your school network. It’s an app for teens that’s yet another Snapchat clone. Seriously.
- Atlas — People-based marketing solutions.
- Oculus — It’s all about virtual reality.
- Origami — A free tool for designing modern user interfaces.
As you might have already imagined, Facebook is dominating the web with its whopping billion+ active daily users and they haven’t diversified their business yet.
It’s also true that over 90% of Google’s revenue still comes from advertising but they have already started diversifying their business (YouTube, Android, Maps, Mobile, Email, etc.).
And yeah, I’m pretty sure that you knew almost all the products and services that are listed here. But still I just wanted to create this listicle. ;)
Please do let me know if I missed something Facebook so that I can add it to the list above.
Happy Facebooking! :)