Happy Birthday: Facebook turns nine years old today

By on February 4, 2013, 11:18 AM

It was on this day nine years ago that Facebook first went online. The social network, created by Mark Zuckerberg and four friends - Dustin Moskovitz, Eduardo Saverin, Andrew McCollum and Chris Hughes – during their time at Harvard University is now a global phenomenon with more than 1 billion members.

The service was the successor to another site called Facemash which was similar to Hot or Not, a popular site at the time that asked users to vote on whether or not someone was attractive based on their photo. Facebook was initially known as “Thefacebook” and was limited to students on the Harvard campus. According to reports, more than half of the undergraduate population at the school had signed up to use it within the first month.

From there, the service spread across college campuses like wildfire. Ivy League schools like Boston University, New York University, Standord, Columbia and Yale were among the first to adopt the new service but eventually, most universities in the US and Canada had their own network.

The company was incorporated in mid-2004 and moved to Palo Alto, California. A year later, Zuckerberg dropped “the” from the name after purchasing the facebook.com domain for $200,000.

The service has continued to expand ever since, filing an IPO close to a year ago and surpassing the 1 billion user mark in September 2012. The sky is seemingly the limit for Facebook as Zuckerberg and company continue to transform the service into a “mobile company” in an effort to maximize profits for shareholders.




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2 people like this | VitalyT VitalyT said:

Yeah, happy birthday, Facebook! I got one question though: How come you ain't dead yet?

A place where people go to scratch their worthless bollox and splash their mediocre views upon the world is a dark place indeed...

cliffordcooley cliffordcooley, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Long Live Facebook!!!

Just don't expect me to come to your reunions, I can live without you.

Skidmarksdeluxe Skidmarksdeluxe said:

So old already? I've had an account for years now but very seldom use it or even look at for that matter, in fact if I sign in now I'll probably find my mug shot has faded or even grown a Santa Claus beard.

learninmypc learninmypc said:

Nine years old & still acts it.

H3llion H3llion, TechSpot Paladin, said:

A place where people go to scratch their worthless bollox and splash their mediocre views upon the world is a dark place indeed...

How is this any different from any other social network or a message board I honestly don't know.

learninmypc learninmypc said:

How is this any different from any other social network or a message board I honestly don't know.

Very true. I've been in a couple computer forums where one could easily think it was a medical forum. :eek:

1 person liked this | VitalyT VitalyT said:

Ok, to answer all of your questions, here's a short video from one my favorite TV series, The West Wing:

I hope this sums it up nicely

TS-56336 TS-56336 said:

Nine years and still going strong as an abomination for the youth. :P

ypsylon said:

Nuke FB HQ and Twitter too. Just sick and tired of people spreading BS across both networks instead just talk normally. Analog is not always worse than digital. Bloody anti-social networking.

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