On February 4, 2004, Mark Zuckerberg launched thefacebook.com from his Harvard dorm room. Although it was entering an already crowded world of social networks (remember Friendster and Myspace?), Zuck’s site was different. It was a space where only college students could make “friends,” featuring the now-iconic clean layout that was then devoid of spam. What ultimately made Facebook different back then was that it had no immediate plan to make money. “I assume I’ll eventually make something profitable,” Zuckerberg told the Harvard student newspaper in June 2004.
The rest is history. Facebook was an insane hit, and by December 2004, the site had 1 million users – mind you, this was before the site even had it’s photo uploading feature. Facebook turned its first profit in 2009, and last year it had a profit of $1.5 billion.
Here’s a timeline that Facebook released in honor of it’s tenth birthday, with a selection of achievements:
Noticeably absent from this timeline: the introduction of FOMO to all of us who have less exciting lives than our Facebook friends, the ability to stalk our exes, and of course, Catfish. Although Facebook has been on a decline among teens over the past year, there’s no denying that this social media giant is still one of the most popular networks out there right now – and damn, is it addictive. Cheers to you, Facebook, and happy birthday!