Anyone that has ever used the Internet has probably heard about the social media-networking site, Facebook. Created by a 19-year old Harvard sophomore, the site was originally limited only to Harvard students. It quickly became available for other Boston colleges. Before you know it, the site was available to every college in the Northern American area and now 1 out 7 people in the world use the site. This extremely popular site and the creator have been surrounded with controversy every since the site was created.
Facebook began in theory on October 23, 2003 when Mark Zuckerberg launched a site called Facemash.com. The site was basically created to rate the attractiveness of Harvard students. Users could compare pictures of current Harvard students side-by-side and decide who was attractive and who wasn’t. Mark was able to gain access to student IDs, by hacking into the Harvard student database. Days after the site launched, students were outraged and demanded that the site be shut down.
However, the interesting thing is that Zuckerberg was also working with three other fellow classmates on another website called HarvardConnection.com. This is where all the controversy begins. These three other students claim that Zuckerberg stole their idea. While the lawsuit between the two parties was settled on undisclosed terms, there is still a large amount of controversy that surround the creation of the website.
On January 11, 2004 Zuckerberg launched a website called thefacebook.com. The site was created in the image of Facemash.com and this is how Facebook was born. After the site was created, Zuckerberg told several of his friends, who told a few of their friends, and within 24 hours of launching the site there were more than twelve hundred registered users. Needless to say, the site became an instant hit and this is how it developed into what it is today.
Individuals use Facebook for a variety of different reasons. Some people use Facebook to post information, keep in touch with long distance friends and family and playing online games. A unique thing about Facebook is that it actually keeps track of users’ activity and provides them with information and updates based on that activity. For instance, the software on the site seeks out similar connections that people share. If you are friends with someone who has additional friends that aren’t on your friend’s list, the site might suggest that you add some of that person’s friends based on common likes and interests.
Throughout its history, Facebook has implemented several different exciting features and they only continue to grow. In October of 2016 Facebook partnered with Bing to bring users a new personalized way to search the Internet. Facebook also prompts users to rate and leave information about places they have visited and services that they used. For instance, this is similar to way that Yelp ranks attractions and businesses. Zuckerberg wants users to be able to search Facebook for local attractions and businesses and receive input from people of their friend’s list.