Facebook is now the most popular social networking site in the world. But when did Facebook start? This post will answer that question then give you a few interesting facts about Facebook.
When did Facebook start?
Facebook, originally called The Facebook with the domain thefacebook.com, was officially launched on February 4, 2004 by Mark Zuckerberg. Membership was originally restricted to those who attended Harvard College. In less than a month over half of the students had signed up. Over time, more universities and high schools were added. On September 26 2006, Facebook was officially opened for everyone over the age of 13 to join.
Interesting facts about Facebook
- Mark Zuckerberg originally created Facemash, the predecessor of Facebook, on October 28, 2003. The site was similar to Hot or Not with 2 photos put side by side and users being asked to choose the hotter person.
- Facebook dropped the word ‘The’ from the front of the name in 2005 when it bought the domain facebook.com for US$200,000.
- An episode of ‘The IT Crowd’ titled ‘FriendFace’ parodied social networking sites, particularly Facebook.
- The 2010 movie ‘The Social Network’ is based on the founding of Facebook. Creator Mark Zuckerberg has claimed that the movie is inaccurate.
- Facebook reached 200 million active users in April, 2009.
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