The Social Network Facebook Turns 16 Today

On February 4th, 2004, the mainstream social network Facebook, was founded by Mark Zuckerberg. With over one billion active users as of 2012, Facebook has become the largest social network in the world. 

Discover how a young college student from Harvard transformed how modern society communicates with each other across the globe.  

Zuckerberg’s First Controversy

In 2003, the company’s birth began at Harvard University as Facesmash. This online service allowed students to rate the attractiveness of their fellow students. Despite its popularity, Zuckerberg violated university policy for using students’ photos without their permission and it was shut down within two days.

After barely dodging expulsion, Zuckerberg began working on his next project, “”. 


The social network launched and Harvard students who signed up for the service were able to post photos of themselves, personal information, class schedules and so on.

The service eventually spread to other prestigious schools like Yale and Stanford. By the end of 2004, TheFacebook reached on million users.  

By 2005, the company was renamed to simply “Facebook” and high school and college students outside of the United States could join the service. Today, just about everyone uses Facebook to stay connected with friends, family, and colleagues around the world.

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