Facebook is a social networking website and service where users can post comments, share photographs and links to news or other interesting content on the Web, play games, chat live, and stream live video. You can even order food with Facebook if that’s what you want to do. Shared content can be made publicly accessible, or it can be shared only among a select group of friends or family, or with a single person.
- Description: A general-interest social networking website
- Similar Websites: MySpace, Hi5, Ning
History and Growth of Facebook
Facebook began in February of 2004 as a school-based social network at Harvard University. It was created by Mark Zuckerberg along with Edward Saverin, both students at the college.
One of the reasons credited for the rapid growth and popularity of Facebook was its exclusivity. Originally, to join Facebook you had to have an email address at one of the schools in the network. It soon expanded beyond Harvard to other colleges in the Boston area, and then to Ivy League schools. A high school version of Facebook launched in September of 2005. In October it expanded to include colleges in the U.K., and in December it launched for colleges in Australia and New Zealand.
Facebook accessibility also expanded to select companies such as Microsoft and Apple.
Finally, in 2006, Facebook opened to anyone 13 years or older and took off, overtaking MySpace as the most popular social network in the world.
In 2007, Facebook launched the Facebook Platform, which allowed developers to create applications on the network. Rather than simply being badges or widgets to adorn on a Facebook page, these applications allowed friends to interact by giving gifts or playing games, such as chess.
In 2008, Facebook launched Facebook Connect, which competed with Open Social and Google+ as a universal login authentication service.
Facebook’s success can be attributed to its ability to appeal to both people and businesses, its developer’s network that turned Facebook into a thriving platform and Facebook Connect’s ability to interact with sites around the web by providing a single login that works across multiple sites.
It’s hard to believe that Facebook has been a part of our lives for 14 years. The social media site, which was launched on February 4, 2004, by Mark Zuckerberg and fellow Harvard roommates, was first created as FaceMash, then transformed into The Facebook. About 1,200 users registered within the first 24 hours.
As of September 2017, more than 2 billion active users around the globe were part of Facebook’s social network.
To celebrate the anniversary of one of the most popular social media site launches of all time, we’ve gathered 10 facts about you probably didn’t know about Facebook and Zuckerberg.
- Peter Thiel, co-founder of PayPal, was Facebook’s first major investor.
- There’s a scientific reason behind Facebook’s blue color scheme: It’s the color Zuckerberg, who suffers from red-green colorblindness, can see most clearly.
- Need evidence Facebook was founded by college students? The “Like” button was originally an “Awesome” button.
- Eight people join Facebook every second.
- Advertisers follow eyeballs. Facebook now has more than 2 million active advertisers.
- Facebook is available in 101 languages.
- With more than 122 million likes, Portugese soccer star Cristiana Ronaldo is the most liked person on Facebook.
- More than 600,000 hacking attempts are made to Facebook everyday.
- 76 percent of Facebook users are female.
- Actor Al Pacino was the first “face” on Facebook.