The popular Facebook platform – Who, how, and when was it created? These are questions we are going to answer today. Harvard computer science student named Mark Zuckerberg, along with course mates Eduardo Saverin, Dustin Moskovitz, and Chris Hughes created Facebook in 2004.
Inventing an innovative new social media platform with the goal to connect Harvard students through one online community.
14 years on, Facebook is one the most influential social networks in the world, boasting approximately 2.2 billion monthly users.
So how did a social network created by young U.S students just by coding in the confines of Harvard dorm room go from being a student trend to rising, worldwide phenomenon?
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Mark took the first steps of his path at an early age. Clearly understanding the importance of coding. The creation of Facebook all started in 2003. That was when the co-founder and chairman of Facebook Mark Zuckerberg developed a software program called “Facemash”.
This allowed users to objectify fellow students by comparing photos, placing them side by side and choosing who they deemed as “hot or not”.
Facemash was launched on October 28, 2003, and closed a few days later. Afterwards, it was shut down by Harvard administration board. That’s because Mark had to hack the Harvard security system to get details and photos of the students.
This resulted in Zuckerberg facing serious charges of breach of security, violating copyrights, and violating individual privacy. Although he was almost expelled from Harvard for his actions, all charges against him were eventually dropped.
Mark had to make a public apology, after the public apology he moved on from his first challenge with authority and set his sights on his next project.
The Facebook: an App created for Harvard Students
On February 4 2004, Facebook was created, but was then known as The Facebook. The site was first created for only Harvard students. The website contained features similar to the now Facebook.
It contained a profile where you could upload a photo, share your thoughts and interests, and meet with other people. Mark named the site after the directories that were given out to university students to help them to get to know one another better.
Again he got into trouble for creating the Facebook. His Harvard seniors Cameron Winklevoss, Tyler Winklevoss, and Divya Narendra accused him of stealing and using their ideas for a social networking website. A networking website called Harvard Connection which they had invited Mark to be part of. The claimants sued Mark to court.
The Phenomenal Facebook: one of the greatest social network.
As time grew, Mark enlisted a few of his fellow students to help grow the website. Eduardo Saverin, Dustin Moskovitz, Andrew McCollum and Chris Huges the team working together expanded the site to additional universities and colleges.
Eduardo worked on the business end, Dustin was brought in as the website’s programmer. Andrew was the site’s graphic artist and Chris Hughes became the existent spokesperson.
The social network website rapidly extended to other universities. The Ivy League and eventually all universities in the United States. It was renamed Facebook in August 2005 after the domain was purchased for $200,000.
Overtime, Facebook got the attention of venture capital firm Accel Partners who invested $12.7 million in the company. This enabled further expansion of the company through the creation of a version of the network for high school students.
Facebook later expanded to other networks, such as employees of companies. In 2006, Facebook announced that anyone who was at least 13 years old and had a working email address could join.
By 2009, it had grown to become the world’s most used social networking service, according to a report by the analytics site Compete.com.