History of Facebook: How Did It Begin From a Harvard Dorm To the Top Of The World?

With the emergence of social media, information & communication technology has completely changed over the past two decades. The change is accelerating even more due to the increasing mobile & internet users. With 2.23 billion monthly active users Facebook is a global leader in the world of social networking. But do you ever wish to know the idea behind the creation of Facebook and how it becomes the most popular social platform of the world?

There is a very successful story behind it and a very inspirational personality, Mark Zuckerberg.

Facebook has the open platform for all people to be connected with their relatives, old friends and family and also they can make the new friends for everywhere.

The fact is that Facebook had 2.23 billion monthly active users and Global usage penetration of 2.29 percent. More interesting facts are that there are 270 million users from India, so Indian is first place and second-ranked the United States with 210 million Facebook users, according to the month of July 2018.

You might have some question in your mind such as who invented it and why? What can Facebook be used for? This article will try to explain each and everything you might have come across related to the history of Facebook.

Born In The Dormitories of Harvard and why invented It?

On February 4, 2004, that was the day when a very interesting and worldwide website “The Facebook” was launched by Mark Zuckerberg.

A keen computer programmer Mark Zuckerberg was a Harvard computer science student. He invented Facebook with his classmates Dustin Moskovitz, Eduardo Saverin, Andrew McCollum and Chris Hughes.

This idea came from a botched effort to get internet users to rate each others photos. Mark Zuckerberg started his career at an early age.

What is Facemash?

The first name of Facebook was Facemash. Before Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg developed Facewash on October 23, 2003. What facemask did,  Facemash allowed visitors, to compare two students photos side by side at a time and asking users to choose the hotter person.

It contains only basic information so limited visitors like 500 in just first hours of going live and it has contained around 22,000 photos. This is the reason, Zuckerberg went on to improvise Facemash into facebook.

Facebook: The World’s Most Popular Social Network

In 2004, The facebook name change to just Facebook after purchase Facebook name is taken from the domain name facebook.com in 2005 for $200,000. That time Napster founder and Angel investor Sean Parker became the company’s president.

Facebook announced that anyone who was at least 13 years old and has a valid email ID could join, In September of 2006. The famous country United States high schools could sign up from September 2005, then it began to spread worldwide, reaching UK universities the following month.

The Facebook site remains free to join, the network was extended beyond educational institutions to anyone with a registered email address, As of September 2006.

Do you know Yahoo and Google are among companies which have expressed internet in a buyout, but Mark Zuckerberg has so far refused to sell because Facebook is independent platform and his features have to continue to develop?

Some Interesting Historical facts on Facebook

Why Blue and not some other color?

Theme color is blue, there is a valid reason behind it. Do you know Mr. Zuckerberg is color-blind to red and green and therefore, blue is the richest color for him? That is the reason icon and theme of Facebook is blue. I read this line on an article, he stated that in an interview blue is the richest color for me, I can see all of blue.

First Face of The Facebook:

Many people have a curiosity to know who is he? American actor Al Pacino was the first face of the facebook. The Facebook site does not display the clear image, it displayed a header image featuring a man’s face obscured behind the binary code but it later came to light that face was that of acclaimed actor Al Pacino.

Where Is Facebook Banned?

Some countries such as Syria, China, Vietnam. North Korea and Iran have banned Facebook.

What If Facebook was A country?

It’s not a joke, If Facebook were a country, it would be the fifth largest country in the world, after China, India and The United States, just because of its users. Because this platform is user-friendly so mostly user wants to join them and daily users sign up there.

Awesome To Like:

In 2007, Mr. Zuckerberg vetoed the Awesome button idea, but Facebook engineer Andrew Bosworth and other engineers were enthusiastic about the Awesome button. Lastly, a decision is, the site eventually settled on the like button.

Warning about Facebook:

This site and MySpace can lead children to commit suicide such sites encourage teens to build temporary relationships a dehumanize community life, this statement said by The head of the Catholic Church in England and Wales. Because he warned the children and his parents.

First money Investor:

In 2004, Peter Thiel was the first person to invest money in Facebook, he is an American businessman, philanthropist.

Happy Friends Day:

Another reason for Facebook launched on 4th February is this day celebrated as friends day so Facebook has launched the celebration of friends day on 4th February.

Causing A Gridlock:

  • Active users- more than 350 million
  • User update Status: over 35 million
  • Upload Pictures: Over 2.5 billion

By using this platform users share feelings and give gifts to friends. In 2007 the site’s have continued to develop.

Facebook Graph Search:

Facebook introduces graph search features in January of 2013 to help users find out more about what they are looking for based on their friends and connections.

That’s all in this article.



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