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Facebook 9 years journey

Written By chandra sekhar paturi on Tuesday, 5 February 2013 | 00:17

Facebook is a social networking service launched on 4 February 2004 by Mark Zuckerberg.As of September 2012, Facebook has over 1 billion active users.Zuckerberg had launched an initial version of site, then known as Facemash in 2003 but Harvard authorities had shut it down as he had got the information for the site by hacking into administration records.
Zuckeberg relaunched Facemash as TheFacebook.com initially and the name was later changed to Facebook. In 2005, the site allowed users to upload pictures. Till date, Facebook has seen over 219 billion photos being uploaded. By September 2006, Facebook began expanding and allowed anyone over 13 to join the site. It also got the NewsFeed in 2006.
The Facebook Like was introduced much later in February 2009 and according to the company’s Q4 results, it has seen 1.13 trillion ‘likes’ since its introduction.
In the nine years, since it began Facebook has evolved drastically from what it looked like when it started. The Wall is no longer a part of the site, instead users have the Timeline, introduced in September 2011 and made compulsory for all users in January 2012.
In 2012 Facebook floated its IPO and the company went public with a peak market capitalisation of over $104 billion. The hype was short-lived and the stock of the company soon took a battering.
Nor is the site restricted to desktops as mobile is now a big part of the Facebook strategy. The company launched a slew of apps last year, from Camera to Poke to a new updated Facebook Messenger for both Android and iOS. Facebook also bought  the popular mobile photo-editing and sharing app, Instagram last year.
In January, this year Facebook announced the launch of Graph Search that allows users to search the site for photos, places, likes, people on the site. The feature has of course raised privacy concerns as with Graph Search coming in, people are apprehensive about what results Facebook will show.Of course Graph Search is still a beta product but it will be rolled out to all site users by the end of this year.
It was also reported by Techcrunch that Facebook has begun testing a new status composer which could let users choose from a wide range of emoticons while updating their status. The new array of visuals elements would allow users to choose their status updates from different categories to share activities such as feeling, reading, or eating or even more creative unconventional ones such as Game Of Thrones or LOTR.
Facebook is set to evolve more this year. CEO Mark Zuckerberg has indicated that in the earnings call, highlighting that mobile and new elements will be the key to the site’s future.
In less than ten years, Facebook has changed drastically. From likes to multiple tagging, to emoticons in comments, the site has come a long way. As far as competitors go,Facebook has no close rival interms of numbers.Google Plus is at number two but has about 343 million users which is nowhere close to Facebook’s 1 billion. If one were to go according to the numbers, Facebook juggernaut is unlikely to stop anytime soon.

List of countries by number of users

Rank Country Population Number of Users  Percentage

  World 6,895,889,000 1,000,000,000 14.50%
1  United States 315,120,000 167,431,700 53.97%
2  Brazil 193,946,886 65,237,180 32.44%
3  India 1,210,193,422 62,761,420 5.35%
4  Indonesia 242,968,342 50,583,320 20.82%
5  Mexico 112,468,855 39,933,040 35.51%
6  United Kingdom 62,348,447 32,827,180 52.65%
7  Turkey 77,804,122 32,354,900 41.59%
8  Philippines 99,900,177 30,265,200 30.30%
9  France 64,768,389 25,614,100 39.55%
10  Germany 81,802,257 25,350,560 30.99%


Number of Facebook Users


Feb 4, 2004 - Mark Zuckerberg and co-founders Dustin Moskovitz, Chris Hughes and Eduardo Saverin launch Facebook.
Mar 2004 - Facebook expands from Harvard to Stanford, Columbia and Yale.
Jun 2004 - Facebook moves to Palo Alto, Calif.
Sept 2004 - Launch of the Facebook Wall, giving people a place to post messages to their friends.
Dec 2004 - Facebook reaches 1 million users.
May 1, 2005 - Facebook grows to support more than 800 college networks.
Sept 20, 2005 - thefacebook.com officially drops the "the" and becomes Facebook.
Sept 2005 - Facebook expands to add high school networks.
Oct 2005 - Facebook begins to add international school networks.
Oct 2005 - Launch of Facebook Photos.
Dec 2005 - Facebook reaches 6 million users.
April 2006 - Facebook for Mobile launches.
May 2006 - Facebook expands to add work networks.
Aug 2006 - Facebook introduces the first version of the Facebook API.
Sep 5, 2006 - Launch of News Feed and Mini-Feed.
Sept. 26, 2006 - Facebook expands registration so anyone can join.
Dec. 2006 - Facebook reaches 12 million users.
May 14, 2007 - Facebook launches Marketplace application for classified listings.
May 24, 2007 - Launch of Facebook Platform.
Jun 22, 2007 - Facebook Video launches.
Oct 2007 - Facebook London opens.
Oct 2007 - Launch of Facebook Platform for Mobile.
Nov 2011 - Launch of self-service Ads platform + Facebook Pages.
Dec 2007 - Facebook reaches 58 million users.
Jan 5, 2008 - Facebook co-sponsors Presidential Debates with ABC News.
Jan 17, 2008 - Facebook Hackathon '08.
Mar 3, 2008 - Facebook launches in German.
Apr 6, 2008 - Launch of Facebook Chat.
Jul 10, 2008 - Facebook iPhone app launches.
Jul 21, 2008 - New Facebook launches.
Dec. 2008 - Facebook Dublin opens.
Feb 9, 2009 - Introduction of the Like button.
Mar 11, 2009 - New Facebook home page launches.
May 16, 2009 - Facebook celebrates its annual Game Day, a day of games and fun for employees.
May 29, 2009 - Facebook moves to new offices at 1601 South California Ave., Palo Alto.
Jun 13, 2009 - Launch of Facebook Usernames.
Aug 3, 2009 - Facebook New York opens.
Dec 2009 - Facebook reaches 360 million users.
Jan 21, 2010 - Break ground on our first custom-built data center in Prineville, Oregon.
Jul 28, 2010 - Launch of Facebook Questions.
Jul 21, 2010 - Launch of Facebook Stories application.
Aug 18, 2010 - Launch of Facebook Places.
Oct 6, 2010 - Introduction of new Groups.
Sept. 2010 - Facebook Hyderabad opens.
Dec. 2010 - Facebook reaches 608 million users.
Dec 5, 2010 - Launch of the new profile.
Mar 12, 2011 - First official Facebook Hacker Cup.
Apr 15, 2011 - Prineville Data Center opens.
Apr 20, 2011 - President Barack Obama visits Facebook.
Jul 6, 2011 - Launch of video calling
Sep 22, 2011 - Timeline, a way for people to share the story of their life, introduced at f8.
Oct 11, 2011 - Launch of Facebook for iPad.
Nov 6, 2011 - Facebook reaches 845 million users.
Dec 7, 2011 - Facebook DC hosts its first Congressional Developer Hackathon.
Dec 19, 2011 - Facebook moves to a new home in Menlo Park, Calif.
April 9, 2012 - Facebook announces acquisition of Instagram.
May 18, 2012 - Facebook hold its initial public offering. 
May 24, 2012 - Facebook Camera launched.
Sept 27, 2012 - Facebook Gifts launched.
Oct 4, 2012 - More than one billion people are active on Facebook.

About Facebook

Founded in 2004, Facebook’s mission is to make the world more open and connected. People use Facebook to stay connected with friends and family, to discover what’s going on in the world, and to share and express what matters to them.


1601 Willow Road, Menlo Park, California, 94025


4,619 as of December 31, 2012


More than billion monthly active users as of December 2012.
Approximately 82% of our monthly active users are outside the U.S. and Canada.
618 million daily active users on average in December 2012.
680 million monthly active users who used Facebook mobile products as of December 31, 2012.

Board Members

Mark Zuckerberg, Founder, Chairman and CEO, Facebook
Marc Andreessen, Co-founder and General Partner, Andreessen Horowitz
Jim Breyer, Partner, Accel Partners
Donald E. Graham, Chairman and CEO, The Washington Post Company
Reed Hastings, Chairman and CEO, Netflix
Erskine Bowles, President Emeritus, the University of North Carolina
Peter Thiel, Partner, Founders Fund
Sheryl Sandberg, COO, Facebook


U.S. offices include: Atlanta; Austin; Detroit; Chicago; Dallas; Los Angeles; Miami; New York; Seattle; Washington, DC; Prineville, Oregon.
International offices include: Amsterdam; Auckland; Brussels; Buenos Aires; Dubai; Dublin; Hamburg; Hong Kong; Hyderabad; London; Madrid; Melbourne; Mexico City; Milan; Paris; Selangor; Sao Paulo; Singapore; Stockholm; Sydney; Tokyo; Toronto; Warsaw.



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