On February 4th, 2004, Thefacebook was launched by a Harvard punk named Mark Zuckerberg. In the last ten years, the social network has gone from an underground venture to an internet behemoth used by millions of people per day. For many of us, it’s hard to imagine the internet without Facebook. So let’s take a walk down memory lane and look at Facebook through the years:
February 2004: Zuckerberg launches Thefacebook as a Harvard-specific social network.
March 2004: Facebook expands to other prominent universities across the country.
December 2004: Facebook reaches its one millionth registered user.
August 23rd, 2005: Thefacebook.com becomes Facebook.com.
September 2006: Facebook is open to users ages 13 and older with valid email addresses.
June 2008: Facebook settles lawsuit against the Winklevoss twins on intellectual property theft
October 2010: David Fincher’s The Social Network, a film on Facebook’s creation, is released to critical acclaim.
July 2011: Facebook partners with Skype to makes messaging and video chatting more seamless.
January 2012: Facebook begins to show advertisements in the news feed.
April 2012: Facebook acquires Instagram for $1 billion.
May 2012: Facebook’s IPO values the company at $104 billion, the largest valuation to date for a newly listed public company.
October 2012: Facebook reaches 1 billion active users.
November 2013: Facebook offers to buy Snapchat for $3 billion but Snapchat declines the offer.
February 4th, 2014: Facebook turns 10!
Evidently, Facebook and Zuckerberg have both been very busy in the last decade. With over a billion active users per month, it’s amazing to see how far the site has come. There is concern that Facebook’s users are predominantly older and that older teens are not as interested in becoming part of the Facebook world. However for the many of us that still use Facebook as a means of communicating and sharing our lives, Time recently released an app that roughly calculates all the time you’ve spent on the social network. If you’re brave enough, check it out here.