You must have read thousands of articles about Facebook & I am sure that every minute a new article about Facebook must be getting posted on the World Wide Web. & now the stage has come where, you just won’t be able to count the number of article which are written about Facebook.com. But do you know where the 1st ever article about Facebook was posted..??
On 9th February 2004, The Harvard Crimson staff writer Alan Tabak posted the 1st ever article about Facebook- Hundreds Register For New Facebook Website. This article was posted when Facebook was just 5 days old & it had only 650 members! But even with such a small number Mark Zuckerberg was content & thus expressed that “I’m pretty happy with the amount of people that have been to it so far” & further he was expecting that in another day, at least 250 more students from the Harvard University would join Facebook. & just in 2 weeks, the number of subscribers shootuped to 4300!
Facebook was launched on 4th February, 2004, Wednesday. In those days, the domain name chosen by Zuckerberg was thefacebook.com. Zuckerberg had started coding for thefacebook.com in January 2004. Later on in August 2005, the 1st major redesign of the site took place, when then domain name & the logo changed to facebook.com.
The night before, when thefacebook.com was launched, Zuckerberg was soo very to launch his new site, when he we wrote the following blog entries;
I’m a little intoxicated, not gonna lie. So what if it’s not even 10 pm and it’s a Tuesday night? What? The Kirkland [dorm] facebook is open on my desktop and some of these people have pretty horrendous facebook pics. I almost want to put some of these faces next to pictures of farm animals and have people vote on which is more attractive.
Yea, it’s on. I’m not exactly sure how the farm animals are going to fit into this whole thing (you can’t really ever be sure with farm animals…), but I like the idea of comparing two people together.
Let the hacking begin.
In February 2004, when Zuckerberg had launched Facebook, everyone in the Harvard University was talking about the new website when Zuckerberg quoted “I think it’s kind of silly that it would take the University a couple of years to get around to it. I can do it better than they can, and I can do it in a week.”
As per Zuckerberg, Friendster.com was the model for his new website where members could search for people according to their interests and can create an online network of friends. & according the most innovative feature of Facebook was that, students could search for other students in their classes so that they can branch out to form friendships and study groups.
Initially the website allowed only the owners of the Harvard email account to upload their photos & personal data. Zuckerberg said that the privacy options in the thefacebook.com would be superior to the facemash.com, the website which he had created in the fall semester. Also few security features had been added which were not available in facemash.com
Ab initio, Zuckerberg had said that thefacebook.com was not created with the intention to earn money. “I’m not going to sell anybody’s e-mail address,” he said. “At one point I thought about making the website so that you could upload a resume too, and for a fee companies could search for Harvard job applicants. But I don’t want to touch that. It would make everything more serious and less fun.”
But in 2011, Facebook generated a revenue of $3.7billion!