"I used to do Facebook but you get a little too wrapped up in that stuff. Its more distracting than anything so I don't any more. I left it behind. I detoxed!
~~ Emily Stone, American actress and 2012 People’s Choice Award, Favorite Movie Actress
Facebook http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Facebook.com that controversial social networking service with media, social, political and cultural implications launched in February 2004, and turns 10 years young today. As of December 2012, Facebook had over 1.2 billion active users, more than half of them using Facebook on a mobile device. Happy Birthday Facebook!
Founded by Mark Zuckerberg with his college roommates and fellow Harvard University students Eduardo Saverin, Andrew McCollum, Dustin Moskovitz and Chris Hughes, the website's membership was initially limited by the founders to Harvard students, but was expanded to other colleges in the Boston area, the Ivy League, and Stanford University.
Mark Zuckerberg wrote Facemash, the predecessor to Facebook, on October 28, 2003, while attending Harvard as a sophomore. According to The Harvard Crimson, the site was comparable to Hot or Not, and "used photos compiled from the online facebooks of nine houses, placing two next to each other at a time and asking users to choose the 'hotter' person.
With success comes controversy particularly with Facebook. Zuckerberg hacked protected areas of Harvard's computer network and copied the houses' private dormitory ID images. Harvard at that time did not have a student "facebook" (a directory with photos and basic information), though individual houses had been issuing their own paper facebooks since the mid-1980s. From it’s first 4 hours online, Facemash attracted 450 visitors and 22,000 photo-views.
According to an article from Rolling Stone in July 2008, the site was quickly forwarded to several campus group list-servers, but was shut down a few days later by the Harvard administration. Zuckerberg was charged by the administration with breach of security, violating copyrights, and violating individual privacy, and faced expulsion. Ultimately, the charges were dropped. The Battle of Facebook, Rolling Stone, NY July 2008, http://web.archive.org/web/20080703220456/http://www.rollingstone.com/news/story/21129674/the_battle_for_facebook/
Zuckerberg expanded on this initial project that semester by creating a social study tool ahead of an art history final, by uploading 500 Augustan images to a website, with one image per page along with a comment section. He opened the site up to his classmates, and people started sharing their notes.
The following semester, Zuckerberg began writing code for a new website in January 2004. He was inspired, he said, by an editorial in The Harvard Crimson about the Facemash incident. On February 4, 2004, Zuckerberg launched "Thefacebook", originally located at thefacebook.com.
Six days after the site launched, three Harvard seniors, Cameron Winklevoss, Tyler Winklevoss, and Divya Narendra, accused Zuckerberg of intentionally misleading them into believing he would help them build a social network called HarvardConnection.com, while he was instead using their ideas to build a competing product.
The three complained to the Harvard Crimson, and the newspaper began an investigation. The three later filed a lawsuit against Zuckerberg, subsequently settling. In June 2004, Facebook moved its base of operations to Palo Alto, California and received its first investment later that month from PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel. The company dropped “The” from its name after purchasing the domain name facebook.com in 2005 for $200,000.
Writers for The Wall Street Journal found in 2010 that Facebook apps were transmitting identifying information to "dozens of advertising and Internet tracking companies". The apps used an HTTP referrer which exposed the user's identity and sometimes their friends'. Facebook said, "We have taken immediate action to disable all applications that violate our terms.” Facebook in Privacy Breach," The Wall Street Journal (New York).
In January 2013, the countries with the most Facebook users were: FB stats by country, March 3, 2012 http://www.socialbakers.com/facebook-statistics/
<br> United States with 168.8 million members
<br> Brazil with 64.6 million members
<br> India with 62.6 million members
<br> Indonesia with 51.4 million members
<br> Mexico with 40.2 million members
<br> This totals to 309 million members or about 38.6 percent of Facebook's 1 billion worldwide members. "43.1 Million Members of Facebook in Indonesia," February 2, 2012.
In regards to Facebook's mobile usage, per an analyst report in early 2013, there are 192 million Android users, 147 million iPhone users, 48 million iPad users and 56 million messenger users
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♦ http://www.foxnews.com/health/2013/01/28/facebook-profile-may-expose-mental-illness Facebook profile may expose mental illness, Fox News
♦ http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/14/facebook-banned-suspended-what-... Facebook Banned: 9 Ways To Get Kicked Off The Social Network, Huffington Post
♦ http://news.cnet.com/8301-1023_3-57565967-93/facebooks-earnings-its-all-about-mobile Facebook’s earnings: It’s all about mobile, CNet
♦ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Facebook Facebook, Wikipedia
♦ http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/14/facebook-banned-suspended-what-not-to-do_n_1773402.html This is The Future of The Facebook News Feed, Business Insider
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