The History of Facebook Through the Years

The History of Facebook Through the Years

By Avi Kishundat
Jun 05, 2018

Facebook has become the most popular social media website on the planet and is expected to keep this title in the upcoming future. It all started with one man's vision that he turned into a reality by simply coding as a student inside his dorm room. Mark Zuckerberg has turned the world of social media upside down with a well-planned and well-executed vision for the future.

He started out by getting tutored by a software developer when he was only 11 years old. Within 2 years he had built his first program called Zucknet, which was much like an instant internal messaging system. He later went on to Harvard as a student and this is where Facebook was first born.

Zuckerberg created Facesmash in 2003, which allowed students to rate each other based on their looks and although the site became instantly popular, he was asked to shut it down when it was only a few days old. Facebook was built in February 2004 with a similar platform where people could connect, share their interests and upload photos.

The website was only open to people that had an email address with Harvard but 50% of the students there signed up with the site in the first month. From then on it continued to grow once it opened to almost all university students in Canada and the United States.

Facebook was initially called "The Facebook" from its beginnings up until 2005. At this time, Mark Zuckerberg left Harvard and dedicated himself full time to the project as CEO. The website expanded fully in 2006 and opened its doors to the general public globally instead of just concentrating on university students.

In May 2007, The Marketplace on Facebook was introduced allowing users to sell services and products through classified ads. By the beginning of 2008 there were more than 100,000 companies that had profiles on Facebook and later on in 2008, Facebook Chat was introduced. Users could not only make posts for friends and family to see and share but could also chat with them in real time.

In 2010 users were able to make comments and the company had reached a milestone becoming the third largest website company in America. Google took the top position and Amazon followed second. In 2011, there were more than 1 trillion page views on Facebook and it became the second most visited website in the United States.

Facebook messenger was also released in 2011 and in 2012 Facebook acquired Instagram for $1 billion. The company celebrated its 10 year anniversary in 2014. Since that time Facebook has been tweaking its algorithms and making changes to the platform.

In 2018 there are more than 2 billion active monthly users, which is 1/3 of the world's population. It's an important platform for individuals and businesses that want to connect with others from anywhere in the world.