For most people in the modern world, Facebook is a ubiquitous part of everyday life. We check it first thing in the morning when we wake up, usually before weâ€™re out of bed. Itâ€™s often the last thing we see before we go to sleep. Overall, there are around 2.23 billion users on Facebook, with an average of five new accounts being created every second of every day.
Billions of content are shared every single day, which makes sense because one out of every five times that someone logs onto the Internet, itâ€™s with the intention of using Facebook. With Facebook in the news more frequently these days ever since the revelation of the Cambridge Analytica data scandal, it may be helpful to explore the origin story of FacebookÂ and look at the events that led them to where they are now.
2004 – Facebook is founded
In February 2004, then-23-year-old Harvard student Mark Zuckerberg created a webpage called â€˜The Facebookâ€™, which was modeled on the hard copy student directory that freshmen students are given during their first weeks at college. This wasnâ€™t Zuckerbergâ€™s first attempt at a social networking site, but it was the most successful â€” within 24 hours, 1,200 Harvard students signed up for pages on his site, and within a month, half the school had followed suit. Within the year, the page had opened up membership to other Ivy League schools and post-secondary schools in Boston, then finally to all American universities and colleges.