What is Facebook

What is Facebook, where does it come from and what does it do

Facebook is a social networking and service site where users can post comments, share photos and links to news or other interesting content on the Internet, play games, talk live and watch live video. You can even order food with Facebook if that’s what you want to do. Shared content can be publicly available or shared only between a selected group of friends or family or with one person.

  • Website: https://www.facebook.com/
  • Description: Site for a social network of general interest
  • Similar sites: MySpace , Hi5 , Ning

History and growth of Facebook

Facebook started in February 2004 as a school social network at Harvard University. It was founded by Mark Zuckerberg along with Edward Saverin, both college students.

One of the reasons for the rapid growth and popularity of Facebook is its exclusivity. Initially, to join Facebook, you had to have an email address at one of the schools on the network. Soon after, Harvard expanded to other colleges in the Boston area, and then to Ivy Lee’s schools. The higher education version of Facebook launched in September 2005. In October, it expanded to include colleges in the United Kingdom, and in December it launched for colleges in Australia and New Zealand.

Accessibility to Facebook has also been expanded to select companies such as Microsoft and Apple. Finally, in 2006, Facebook opened up to anyone over the age of 13 and took off, overtaking MySpace as the world’s most popular social network.

In 2007, Facebook launched the Facebook platform, which allowed developers to create applications on the web. Instead of just badges or gadgets to decorate a Facebook page, these apps allow your friends to interact by giving gifts or playing games like chess.

In 2008, Facebook launched Facebook Connect, which competed with OpenSocial and Google+ as a universal login service.

Facebook’s success can be attributed to its ability to appeal to both people and businesses, the network of developers that has made Facebook a thriving platform, and Facebook Connect’s ability to interact with online sites by providing a single identity that works on different sites.

Basic features of Facebook

  • Facebook allows you to maintain a list of friendsand select privacy settings to customize who can see the content in your profile.
  • Facebook allows you to upload photosand maintain photo albums that can be shared with your friends
  • Facebook supports interactive online chat and the ability to comment on your profile pages, sometimes called “walls,” to keep in touch, share information, or just say hello.
  • Facebook maintains group pages, fan pages, and business pages that allow companies to use Facebook as a social media marketing tool.
  • Facebook’s developer network provides enhanced functionality and revenue-generating options.
  • Facebook Connect allows websites to interact with Facebook and allows Facebook to be used as a universal login authentication service.
  • You can stream live video with Facebook Live.


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