How it Came to be Facebook
The explosive phenomenon known as Facebook is not the product of some huge software company. In fact, it was created by a college student! In 2004, Harvard student Mark Zuckerburg had an idea to start a website based upon the paper "face book" that professors receive at the beginning of the year to help them identify new students. Zuckerburg created an online version of this, added various ways for users to communicate, and before he knew it almost the entire Harvard student body had joined what he named Thefacebook.com.
In its formative years, it was very popular with universities and in 2005 became Facebook. With the increase in popularity, Mark and a friend decided to drop out of school in order to work on Facebook full time. They opened the site up to high schools, and then later to several companies. By 2006, it was available to anyone over the age of 13 with a valid email address. As of 2009 it is considered the most popular social networking site in the world.
- If there were a Facebook nation, it would be the world's 6th largest country!
- Everyday half a million people join Facebook.
- The fastest growing group on Facebook is people over the age of 30.
- Facebook is the #1 photo sharing site in the world.