What if Facebook was around in 1995 when the Internet was young?

If you remember back to 1995 — ancient times in the world of the web — AOL was the go-to spot for early adopters of technology. You went there for everything — news, sports, weather, email, games. Now it’s a whole different thing, and not quite as prevalent as it once was. (My mother still logs on, though!)

Facebook is the most common social site now, with over a billion users around the world. But Facebook didn’t start until 2004.  However, a comedian named Brent Weinbach started wondering: what if Facebook did exist in 1995, during the early days of the World Wide Web? What would a commercial for this magical new service look like?

Let’s take a time machine back to 1995 and imagine . . . .

If that fake commercial seems unbelievably dorky, check out the spot that inspired it — a real AOL commercial from 1995. Oh, how innocent we were back then . . . .


(Thanks to Adweek for discovering this.)


About John Fisher

John is a Midwest native who started his Northwest radio career in 1992 after moving to Seattle from Chicago. He’s an avid cyclist, painter, traveler, foodie, and dog lover (Hazel and Gizmo, both shelter dogs.) He’s worked with various animal organizations including PAWS, Seattle Humane Society and Seattle Animal Shelter. John got a late start on fatherhood – he and his wife have a 5-year-old son named Dawson who already has a crush on Katy Perry.