Maria Montero

15 years of Facebook, 15 years of controversy: a line of …

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.

Representative image. Reuters

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.

Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg.  Image: Reuters

Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg. Image: Reuters