Facebook has just turned 8 on February 4, 2012 since it came into being by Mark Zuckberg in his dorm room of Harvard University.
Well, thanks to the Academy Award winning movie â€˜The Social Networkâ€™ (for Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Original Score, and Best Film Editing) and Ben Mezrich’s novel â€˜The Accidental Billionairesâ€™ â€“ we know the story of founding Facebook, the most popular social network of today.
How Facebook was bornâ€¦
It all started back in February 4, 2004. In the dormitory of Harvard University, Mark Zuckerberg designed this website by the name of TheFacebook.com with his three other friends Eduardo Saverin, Dustin Moskovitz, and Chris Hughes. And the rest is history. What he started as TheFacebook.com in 2004, renamed as â€˜Facebookâ€™ in 2008 which we know today and cannot imagine spending a day without it â€“ can you really imagine passing a day without reading, liking and commenting on Status Updates, venting and voicing our emotions on the Facebook Wall, friend requests, sharing photos and tagging et all? Facebook touches my life by laying many small and big imprints over the years like it does on its over 800 million users.
Not only its users, within this span on 8 years Facebook has come a long way with â€“
- Filing for an Initial Public Offering (IPO) on February 1, 2012
- Around 845 million monthly active users
- Around 483 million daily users
- 2.7 billion Likes and comments every day
- 100 billion friendships formed so far
- 250 million pictures are being posted every day
- 425 million mobile users
- The second most visited websites after Google and many more.
How Facebook aged in eight yearsâ€¦
Through the course of time, Facebook has confounded and astounded several times with changes, Facebook Timeline being the most remarkable one amongst those. The Timeline is amazing in its ways of letting us write noteworthy anecdotes of our life on Facebook with mention of year, people involved and places in all the events. Have you ever wondered if Facebook itself would have a Timeline for itself we could get to locate how it evolved through years? Thatâ€™s why I have laid out following stages of its evolution:
February 2004: At Harvard University, Facebook was formed by Mark Zuckerberg as thefacebook.com.
2004: The Facebook Wall came into being and yielded the revenue of $382,000.
2005: Â Supported over 800 college networks, incorporated international school networks and induced Photos and ended up generating around $9 million revenues.
2006: Commenced Facebook Mobile, launched the first version of the Facebook API, welcomes registration and rolled out News Feed. This year yielded $48 million in revenue.
2007: Rolled out Facebook Platform over 85 apps and 65 app developers, introduced ad platform and Facebook Pages and ended up generating $153 million revenues.
2008: Started Chat to send instant messages, Facebook Connect, and expanded Facebook in 23 languages including French, Spanish and German and earned $272 million of revenues.
2009: Added â€˜Likeâ€™ button, Facebook Payments and scored even higher with $777 million in revenue.
2010: launched Graph API programming interface and Social plugins to enable integrate Facebook to webpages, introduced â€˜Groupsâ€™ to render discussion, and raised revenues in thousands, $1,974 million precisely.
2011: Launched Timeline, filed IPO and has accumulated $3,711 million till now.
These were bits of fondest memories of Facebook, what were yours ? We wait to read yours in our following comment section, hurry!