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How Much Do You Know About Facebook?

When talking about Facebook, this must be very familiar to everyone which has become one of the largest social networking sites in the world. You probably get to know who Mark Zuckerberg is, but do you know the history of Facebook?

Who is Mark Zuckerberg?

Mark Zuckerberg is the co-founder and CEO of the social networking website called Facebook. He was born on 14 May 1984 , in White Plains, New York and attended Harvard University. Do you know that he is one of the world’s youngest billionaires? As of 2019, he is the only person under 50 in the Forbes ten richest people list, and the only one under 40 in the Top 20 Billionaires list.

Mark Zuckerberg is the co-founder and CEO of the social networking website called Facebook. He was born on 14 May 1984 , in White Plains, New York and attended Harvard University. Do you know that he is one of the world’s youngest billionaires? As of 2019, he is the only person under 50 in the Forbes ten richest people list, and the only one under 40 in the Top 20 Billionaires list.

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History of Facebook

Facebook was founded on February 4, 2004 by Mark Zuckerberg, Eduardo Saverin, Dustin Moskovitz and Chris Hughes which 4 of them are students at Harvard University. As mentioned above, Facebook has become one of the biggest social networking sites in the world. Can’t be denied that Facebook users have grown significantly to hit over 2 billion in 2018. 

Before Facebook was founded, there was one thing called Facemash. In 2003, Zuckerberg created Facemash which allowed students to compare two female student pictures side by side and let them decide who was more attractive. The website was set up as a type of “hot or not” game for Harvard students. However, Facemash was quickly being shut down after 2 days due to Zuckerberg violating the university’s policy in the process of accessing resources for the site. This failure was not affecting Zuckerberg but instead this has made him an idea for Facebook where thefacebook was founded in February 2004.

TheFacebook was originally used by the students at Harvard to connect with other students at the university. It was mainly developed for the use of Harvard students to share their lives and connect with others in university. Along with the rising popularity, students from other universities such as Stanford, Yale, and Columbia were soon allowed to join. 

In September 2004, TheFacebook launched a new feature “Wall” which allows users to post things on their own page and also allows users’ friends to post on their wall. By the end of the year, TheFacebook hit 1 million users but still left after the leading online social network, Myspace, which reached five million members.

However, in 2005, TheFacebook has successfully expanded to more and more universities. It also changed the name to Facebook in the same year after the domain name was purchased for $200,000. Afterwards, Facebook introduced more features like “tagging” people in photos where they can be seen by other Facebook friends. Besides, photo uploading was being allowed on Facebook too. Within the same year, Facebook has expanded to wider networks where students from high schools and universities in the US were allowed to join the service as well. By the end of 2005, Facebook had over 6 million users! 

As of September 2006, Facebook opened its membership to anyone who aged 13 and older with a valid email address. Everyone is able to access this free application. Facebook remained free to use but what special is that businesses can now use it for marketing and advertising to reach more people. This is where the company earns most of its money from advertisements on the website. 

After the year, the site has continually developed the features like launching of video, “like” button, “groups”, video calling, live stream and many more which we can see today. Believe that there would be more and more new features available on Facebook afterwards to give users a better and enhanced user experience.

Until today, we can see that Facebook still remains as one of the biggest social networking sites in the world which has brought a significant change to people’ lives. Instead of just being a social networking site that allows communication between people, Facebook has successfully turned it as a business platform for either small or big companies. Thanks to Facebook, we have access to more resources and also strengthened the relationship between people. Lastly, not to forget about being one of the youngest billionaires in the world, Zuckerberg has spreaded his wealth around and has donated part of his wealth to charity. We all know that “sharing is caring”, as what Zuckerberg has done.

Conclusion

When you are reading until here, are you having a better understanding of Facebook and Mark Zuckerberg? Also, what do you think of this success story? Through his article, we hope we could give you a better understanding of Facebook and inspire every one of you in your life journey. Hope to see you all in our next article! Cheers!