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Facebook History as I know it


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History, Present, Issues, and Critics.

A journey from Facesmash to Facebook briefing on hurdles that came on way and featuring the Internet Censorship and SOPA debate.

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Facebook History as I know it

  1. 1. FACEBOOK History, Present, Issues, and Critics. A journey from Facesmash to Facebook briefing on hurdles that came on way and featuring the Internet Censorship and SOPA debate. By: Mohd Anwar Jamal Faiz
  2. 2. SOCIAL NETWORKING A social networking platform is an online service that focuses on building and reflecting of social networks or social relations among people. Almost all social network services are web-based and provide means for users to interact over the Internet, such as e-mail and instant messaging.  We have seen Orkut, we know Google+, and we use Twitter, but there are many more operated worldwide. For instance The Sphere, Nexopia, Bebo, LinkedIn, Hi5, Tuenti, and Skyrock. There are plenty more that operate locally in different parts of world.
  3. 3. WHAT IS FACEBOOK Facebook, again, is a social networking service and website launched in February 2004, operated and privately owned by Facebook, Inc. These days, it is the biggest Social Networking portal. Records say that as of January 2012, Facebook has more than 800 million active users. Founded in : Cambridge, United States (2004) Founder(s): • Mark Zuckerberg • Eduardo Saverin • Dustin Moskovitz • Chris Hughes Headquarters located at : Menlo Park, California, U.S.
  4. 4. FACEBOOK COMPANYPROFILE Facebook operates in Internet Service domain. And is available to users worldwide. Founded my Mark Zuckerberg. Revenue : US$ 4.27 billion (approx) Users: 800 million (approx till September, 2011) Launched on : February 4, 2004 Employee strength is approximately 3400 Key people: • Mark Zuckerberg (CEO) • Chris Cox (VP of Product) • Sheryl Sandberg (COO) • Donald Graham (Chairman) Webranking: It is obviously a Google PR1 website, with Alexa page rank 2. The biggest earning is due to advertising through Banner ads, referral marketing, casual games
  5. 5. FACESMASH : YOUNG GUY,HOT IDEAS !!The journey started with a funny, controversial, yet a greathit - Facesmash. Mark Zuckerberg wrote Facemash. Andthis was the predecessor to Facebook.Initially, the site was comparable to Hot or Not, and "usedphotos placing two next to each other at a time and askingusers to choose the hotter person". Zuckerberg had to hackinto the protected areas of Harvards computer networkand copied the houses private dormitory ID images.Obviously the youth power and young gossips led to theattraction of 450 visitors and 22,000 photo-views in its firstfour hours online.The site soon to be shut down later by the Harvardadministration. And, Zuckerberg was charged by theadministration with breach of security, violatingcopyrights, and violating individual privacy, and facedexpulsion. Ultimately, however, the charges were dropped.
  6. 6. SMASH, SMASH, AND BOOM!! Zuckerberg continued and On February 4, 2004, he launched "Thefacebook". Soon he was accused by his seniors for intentionally misleading them into believing he would help them build a social network called It was an intellectual property theft and resulted into a lawsuit against Zuckerberg, and subsequent settlement. Finally, Facebook was incorporated in mid-2004, and the entrepreneur Sean Parker, who had been informally advising Zuckerberg, became the companys president.[27] In June 2004, The domain was purchased in 2005 for $200,000. So now, formally the world got, which we all are aware today. Boom!!
  7. 7. CAN CRITICS BE SILENT? Obviously No!! And, Facebook was no exception!! •Facebook has been blocked intermittently in several countries including China, Iran, Uzbekistan,Pakistan,Syria, and Bangladesh on different bases. •It has been banned in many countries of the world on the basis of allowed content judged as anti-Islamic and containing religious discrimination. •Banned at many workplaces to prevent employees from using it during work hours. •The user info privacy has also been an issue. •Safety of user accounts has been compromised several times. Here I mean that, hackers were successfull at their attempts on Facebook. •In its initial days only, it settled a lawsuit regarding claims over source code and intellectual property. •November 2011 marked enormous Facebook user accounts being hacked and their profile pictures were replaced with pornographic images. •And, the latest by Indian court ruling against Facebook (and other companies too) for offensive and objectionable content
  8. 8. THE SOCIAL NETWORK :MOVIE The Social Network is a drama film directed by David Fincher. It was adapted from Ben Mezrichs 2009 book The Accidental Billionaires. The movie portrays the founding of social networking website Facebook and the resulting lawsuits. It was distributed by Columbia Pictures and was released on October 1, 2010. the budget was $40 million. The prominent star cast is as follows: •Jesse Eisenberg as Mark Zuckerberg •Andrew Garfield as Eduardo Saverin •Justin Timberlake as Sean Parker •Armie Hammer as Cameron Winklevoss and Tyler Winklevoss •Josh Pence as Tyler Winklevoss (body double for Armie Hammer) •Max Minghella as Divya Narendra The film received widespread acclaim, with critics praising it for its editing, acting, score and screenplay. Some people, including Zuckerberg himself, criticized the film for its many inaccuracies.
  9. 9. INDIAN COURT RULING AGAINSTOFFENSIVE CONTENT INFACEBOOK, GOOGLE, YAHOO ETC.There are some authorities across the globe and now evenIndian court that wants these (and 21 others) Internetcompanies to develop a (? Big question mark!!) mechanismto keep a check and remove from their Web pages thosematerials which are deemed offensive and objectionable.A Delhi court sent a summons to the headquarters of foreign Internetcompanies including Google, Facebook, Microsoft, and Yahoo on Friday, in aprivate case against objectionable content online. It started with some RTIActivists who found religious content on the sites that he consideredoffensive, and filed a complaint with a Delhi court, prompting AdditionalMetropolitan Magistrate Sudesh Kumar to issue notices to 21 Internet sitesin December. Henceforth, The magistrate has asked the foreign entities andIndian Internet companies mentioned in the complaint to appear before thecourt on March 13. It has been warned that "Like China, we will block allsuch web sites,". This was said by High Court Judge Suresh Kait said.More details can be read at my blog
  10. 10. SOPA ACT AND THE WORLD Thousands of websites went dark in January 2012, to protest the SOPA ACT (Stop Online Piracy Act). This law is designed to thwart copyright infringement. But it could do more harm to the Internet as a whole. I, and thousands of Web experts across the globe see a threat to the functionality of the Internet. STOP SOPA Please!! Internet-wise, be wise.. The debate of Internet Censorship is wide and very hot these days. There is a dedicated page on Facebook called ‘Internet Censorship Voyager’. People supporting free internet should visit, like and comment on the page.
  11. 11. MARK ZUCKERBERG FACEBOOK COMMENT: ANTI- PIRACY BILL Post from Internet Censorship Voyager Blog. Mark Zuckerberg commented on Antipiracy bill over his official Facebook profile. He openly said -- We need "political leaders who are pro-internet.” Also said that --- " Facebook opposes SOPA and PIPA, and we will continue to oppose any laws that will hurt the internet. "As you can see, there were 450,820 likes in 12 hours of post. Approximately 86,000shares were done about this post. I Love Zuckerberg for this bold statement.This article is dedicated to his innovations, courage and dedication towards free-internet.
  12. 12. FINAL COMMENTS... Founded in February 2004, Facebook has proved itself to be an immensely useful, engaging, and attactive social utility that helps people communicate more efficiently with their friends, family and coworkers. The technologies, easiness, APIs, projections, Apps, and other tools by Facebook are just awesome. They all help facilitating the share of information through the social graph, the digital mapping of peoples real-world social connections. Facebook is open to All. Anyone can sign up interact with the people they know in a trusted environment. No wonder, Facebook is a part of millions of people’s lives and half of the users return daily!!!
  13. 13. THANK YOUI am Mohd Anwar Jamal Faiz, presently based atPune, India. Associated with the IT industry since 5years and working with Internet technologies for pastone and a half decade.Please send in your feedback at :toughjamy@yahoo.comYou can read my blogs at : read my complete Professional file: