As Facebook undergoes yet another change in layout we take a look at the history of this global social-networking phenomenon.
A group of Harvard students set up the social networking site as a way of helping friends stay in touch after graduation. These founders were Mark Zuckerberg, Dustin, Moskovitz, Chris Hughes and Eduardo Saverin. The initial site was www.thefacebook.com
The wall applications was added to allow people to leave messages for friends that others could read
At the same time the groups application was also added to allow people to unite under a shared interest.
Nearly 1 Million people had active Facebook accounts.
Growth in America
More than 800 college networks had become available to join.
American High school networks were added
International school networks were added
The photo application was also added.
More than 5.5 Million people had active accounts
Facebook became accessible anywhere with the mobile application being launched
News feeds are added
Over 12 million people had active accounts
Over 20 million users.
Facebook platform launches with 65 developer partners and 85 applications.
Marketplace applications for classified listings was added.
Microsoft bought a 1.6% share in the company for $240 million. This also included a worldwide advertising deal.
Reaches over 50 million users.
Facebook was launched in Spanish and French
Facebook was launched in German
Facebook chat was launched to enable users to talk to each other via instant messaging
100 Million users
Facebook tries and fails to buy twitter
150 Million users
Facebook pays out a reported $65 Million to a group who claim that Zuckerberg stole the idea from former classmates
Over 175 Million people now have Facebook
47% of the British population are now active users on the site.
Facebook undergoes yet another make
What will tommorow bring for facebook?