Today, fifteen years ago, Mark Zuckerberg and his college classmates had a Eureka Moment in his bedroom Kirkland House at Harvard University. They had created the first version of Facebook – TheFacebook.
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Not realizing what the platform would become 15 years later, Zuckerberg and his friends created Facebook because, like Zuck puts, “There were many websites to find almost anything: books, music, news, information, business, except what really matters: people.”
While Facebook now has 2.7 billion users worldwide, 15 years ago the platform was meant just for Harvard students to connect with each other. Here’s a look at how the platform has grown in the last 15 years:
2003: A Harvard sophomore, Mark Zuckerberg, creates a website called Facemash and shares the link across campus. The creator hacks the university’s student database and creates a game called “hot or not”, in which students would vote if another student was “hot” or “not”. The site was finally closed.
2004: Zuckberger himself created another platform with a different name but a relatively similar vision called ‘Facebook‘which was intended for Harvard students to connect with each other. In a few months, the platform was shared with students from more than 30 schools in the United States.
2005: The ‘the’ of ‘Facebook’ It was dropped, and it was just called Facebook. It also presents ‘The Wall’, where users of the platform could post public messages.
2006: The platform was open to everyone, and anyone over the age of 13 with an email address could use it. Also, this year, Yahoo tried to buy Facebook for a billion dollars, but Zuck turned them down.
2007: Microsoft buys 1.6 percent of Facebook shares for $ 240 million.
In November of that year, Facebook launched an advertising system called Lighthouse that sent data from partner websites to Facebook for targeted advertising. These websites were able to post information about the activities of Facebook users in their news feeds, leading to some tricky situations for users, such as people having their affairs exposed.
Additionally, the Pages tool is launched.
2008: By Mark Zuckberberg lawsuit with the appearances of the Winklevoss brothers, who accused Zuckerberg of stealing their idea and turning it on Facebook. Their idea was a platform called HarvardConnection that Zuckerberg was apparently supposed to create for them. The lawsuit was settled out of court and this whole drama was turned into a movie called The social network In 2010, starring Jesse Eisenberg.
The same year, Sheryl Sandberg was hired by Google and became COO of Facebook.
In addition, Facebook Chat is announced, which has now become a full Messenger.
2009: Facebook turns on the Like button.
2010: A movie about the history of Facebook., The social network in launch.
Facebook groups are launched to help people build ‘communities’.
A report reveals that various Facebook apps, including the top 10 apps of the time, such as Farm – they were leaking user IDs to advertisers. These identifications allow the tracking and targeting of a user’s online activities, regardless of their privacy settings. The apps were also tracking the friends of the app users and some of these app companies then spread the Facebook users’ data to other companies.
2011: ‘The wall’ dies and the ‘Timeline’ is launched. The new feature rearranges a user’s posts and puts them in chronological order.
Also, this timeline faces outrage as it started churning out old photos and user posts. (Yes, people didn’t appreciate setbacks so much back then!)
The Messenger mobile app is thrown out.
2012: Facebook acquires Instagram for $ 1 trillion, which as we now know is now one of Facebook’s most successful acquisitions.
Zuckerberg marries his girlfriend Priscilla Chan.
Facebook cross 1 billion Monthly active users.
2013: Facebook introduces a feature called Graphic search that allows users to search for information about people on their network or on the network of any of their connections. the searches It can reveal all kinds of data including location, job status, likes, etc.
A few months later, Facebook. partners HTC to launch a “Facebook phone” called HTC First, which has a home screen experience based on the design and technology of Facebook.
Furthermore, Internet.org is Announced It begins with the noble idea of spreading the Internet to everyone, but is soon discovered to have more nefarious motives. Facebook is accused of digital colonialism and outrage is unleashed in the countries to which the project was taking. However, some countries still end up embracing Internet.org.
Facebook offers to buy Snapchat for a rumored $ 3 billion. Snap CEO Evan Spiegel refuses.
2014: Facebook borrow Twitter trending topic feature.
WhatsApp joins Facebook after a $ 19 billion acquisition agreement.
Facebook purchase Oculus for $ 2 billion.
The security check is thrown out to give people a way to let friends know they are safe.
2015: Zuckerberg announces plans to give away 99 percent of his Facebook money to charity as part of a new philanthropic endeavor with wife Priscilla Chan.
Facebook starts testing Live, which brings people together through video in real time.
2016: The Oculus Rift VR headset is thrown out.
Facebook Live is inserted to all users.
The Trending Topics news section of Facebook is reported To censor the conservative news. Some former employees noted that the trending section did not show any news and that the content was curated by the company itself.
The problem of fake news is highlighted.
Facebook is accused of influencing the US presidential election after Donald Trump unexpectedly won the White House.
Reactions are created to give people more ways to show how they feel about a post.
Market and fundraisers are launched.
Facebook services page introduced in India, help users to discover services like plumbing, spas, home care, automotive, etc. in your area.
2017: Facebook crosses 2 billion monthly active users.
the report accuses Facebook of supporting ethnic cleansing in Myanmar after calling the Rohingya community a “dangerous organization”.
2018: (Probably the worst year for the company!)
Facebook spear Portal, a voice-activated smart camera with a touch screen.
Facebook announces That WhatsApp has 1.5 billion monthly users.
Arguably the biggest Facebook scandal – the Cambridge Analytica scandal – comes to light. Cambridge Analytica has been found to have data on 87 million Facebook users, which it collected through an app that is presented as a personality questionnaire. The data from this leak was directly used to manipulate the US elections and the Brexit vote in the UK. The data could have been misused in any number of other scenarios as well.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg testify before the Senate and House of Representatives on a series of data privacy scandals.
Other report claim that Facebook had agreements with device manufacturers to share large amounts of personal data with them.
Instagram hits One billion active users.
Facebook is accused of helping a dictator win elections in the Philippines.
Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg testifies before a Senate Intelligence Committee about election interference.
Just a month later, Facebook reveals that its platform was hacked and the data of up to 30 million users may have been exposed.
A few days later, Instagram founders Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger leave the company.
This departure is followed by the resignation of Facebook’s communications chief, the security director, the news chief, the vice president of associations and the founder of WhatsApp.
Still another report They claim that Facebook hired a public relations agency to write negative articles about rivals Apple and Google. Apparently Facebook was using the public affairs company to push forward the idea that liberal financier George Soros was behind a growing anti-Facebook movement. Meanwhile, he tried to minimize the impact of Russian interference on Facebook. Essentially, Facebook knowingly and actively participated in a disinformation campaign for its own benefit.
The year ends with Facebook dedicating more than 30,000 people to security on the platform, and a commitment to annually invest “billions of dollars” in security functions.
2019: Facebook is found to be circulating an illegal iOS app (and one on Android) that used VPN to track device usage and web browsing habits of teens and adults. The platform also paid teens $ 20 a month to install this app. Apple found out and punished Facebook for revoking Facebook’s company certificate, which Facebook was misusing to spy on children. Upon revoking the certificate, all internal Facebook applications stopped working. The certificate has already been restored and the offending app is no longer in the App Store, but is still available in the Google Play Store.
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