On February 4, 2004, Mark Zuckerberg launched the now famous Facebook with four other friends. Called 'The Facebook', the social network was meant as an online directory for Harvard students to communicate with and keep track of one another.
Within 24 hours of going live, nearly 1,200 to 1,500 students had signed up. Zuckerberg opened it up to other Ivy League and Boston-area colleges. And the rest is history. Zuckerberg quit college, moved to Silicon Valley, California and launched the first public website that anyone could join in September 2006.
The company went public in May 2012 (we had written here), and is generating revenue by serving up ads on mobile phones.
Here are some fun statistics about Facebook today -
- 1.23 billion active users every month
- 6 billion "likes" per day
- 350 million photos uploaded every day
- Nearly 160 million Americans use Facebook, followed by Brazil at 72 million and India at 64 million.
- The average age of Facebook user is 41 years, and the average time spent on the site is 7.75 hours per month.
What do you think of Facebook? If you don't have an account, are you planning on getting one when you turn 13? Why or Why not?