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The History of Facebook: 10 Year Anniversary


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This year Facebook celebrates its 10th anniversary. What started as a social network for college students has turned into one of the largest websites in the world with billions in revenue. This presentation provides an overview of Facebook's history and includes some major milestones for the social networking site.

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The History of Facebook: 10 Year Anniversary

  1. 1. Author: Brian Rice
  2. 2. Facebook Founded Facebook, aka, was founded on February 4, 2004 by Mark Zuckerberg and fellow Harvard University students Eduardo Saverin, Andrew McCollum, Dustin Moskovitz and Chris Hughes. The first 3 user accounts created were held for testing making Zuckerberg’s ID #4 followed by Chris Hughes with the 2nd active user account. Fact Source Image Source Arie Hasit (4th active user) was the first non-founder account created and Sarah Goodin (12th active user)
  3. 3. First Facebook Ads Eduardo Saverin secured the first small advertising deals for the site. The first advertisers were companies that sold moving services, Tshirts, and other products geared towards college students. These ads began appearing on the site in April 2004. Facebook now generates over $5 billion a year in gross revenue. Fact Source
  4. 4. Drop the “The” Prior to a major homepage redesign, Al Pacino's face was on the original Facebook homepage. In 2005, the company paid $200,000 for the domain name and officially dropped the “the” in Fact Source
  5. 5. Design Changes Launch: 2004 Mini-Feed: 2006 “New” Facebook: 2008 2008 The “Cleanup”: 2010 Image Source Timeline: 2011
  6. 6. User Growth It took Facebook only 10 months to reach 1 million users. Today, Facebook has over 1 billion active monthly users; roughly 75% of them access the social network via their mobile devices. Every month users spend about 700 billion minutes on the site. Fact Source Fact Source Fact Source
  7. 7. Photo Sharing In the Spring of 2006, Facebook added the capability of uploading mobile photos to your profile. 7 years later, the word “selfie” is added to the dictionary and named Oxford Dictionaries’ “2013 word of the year”. On average, 350 million photos are uploaded to Facebook each day. Image Source Fact Source Fact Source
  8. 8. Social Gaming With over 100 million active monthly users, Candy Crush Saga is the most popular game on Facebook today. Social gaming became so popular on Facebook that in 2011, Zynga goes public. The company is responsible for popular games such as FarmVille, ChefVille and CityVille. Fact Source
  9. 9. Most Popular Fan Pages Top Musician: Rihanna Total Fans: 82+ million Top TV Show: The Simpsons Total Fans: 69+ million Fact Source Top Actor: Vin Diesel Total Fans: 58+ million Top Brand: Coca-Cola Total Fans: 78+ million Top Athlete: Cristiano Ronaldo Total Fans: 68+ million Top Movie: Harry Potter Total Fans: 67+ million
  10. 10. Facebook Likes In February 2009, Facebook introduced the “like” button to photos, notes and status updates. Since launching there have been over 1 trillion “likes”. In April 2010, Facebook gave publishers and bloggers the ability to add the “like” button to their websites. Fact Source Fact Source Fact Source
  11. 11. Facebook IPO On May 18, 2012 Facebook held its initial public offering. They offered up over 400 million shares at a price of $38 per share; valuing the company at over $100 billion. Previously Facebook reportedly turned down a $750 million offer from Viacom in 2006 and in that same year, Yahoo! attempted to buy the company for $1 billion. Fact Source
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