Facebook was founded February of 2004 by a group of Harvard college students. The CEO and co-founder of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, was a computer programmer and psychology major, by educational background. Zuckerberg was accompanied by his roommates Dustin Moskovitz, Eduardo Saverin, Andrew McCollum, and Chris Hughes.
Originally, Zuckerberg’s purpose was to allow Harvard college kids a chance to have digital social lives. But what started as a college kid’s idea has morphed into a company that is the largest social networking site on the Internet.
In October 2003, Zuckerberg invented a service called, “Facemash,” which allowed the pictures of two randomly chosen students to be compared side by side so that viewers could pick which one was more attractive. Zuckerberg appropriated the pictures by hacking the university’s computer. The service was shut down shortly after, by the Harvard administration. It was shut down due to the violation of individual privacy. There were also other charges.
In February 2004, Zuckerberg started “TheFaceBook” which was restricted to the students of Harvard College. However, within one month’s time, the service expanded to other Ivy League schools and all universities in the United States and Canada.
After some restructuring, in August 2005, “TheFaceBook” became “Facebook,” the website that is so well-known today. Facebook extended beyond educational institutions to everyone who was 13 years of age and older and had an email address. This was around the same time Myspace was booming. The atmosphere was ripe for growth. Before that, the social media scene was stagnant.
Building The Platform of The Renown
The layout for Facebook is primarily based on PHP and server that contains 1GB of binary blob data. This is what helps the gargantuan platform to be able to render updates seamlessly while rarely ever being down. Interestingly, Zuckerberg is slightly colorblind. The main color that stands out to him is the color blue. This is the chief reason Facebook’s primary hue is blue.
Experimenting With Voice Through Social Media
The world of VOIP was around before Facebook acquired it around 2011. However, the site did voice chat via the T-Mobile network. This allowed people from across the globe to chat verbally with each other. The ability to chat introduced major competition for Facetime, Google Hangouts, and Skype. Currently, the messenger app has been improved for the voice chat, allowing users to have conversations in groups, as well as conference calls. Even people that don’t have Facebook are using a device called Vivox, allowing a chat capability within the gaming environment.
Changes To Personal Background
Sometimes on the Internet, too much information can be given out to the world. Personal profiles got a makeover in 2011 for adding same-sex marriages symbols to the timeline feature. Shortly after, the gender-setting feature was revamped due to a politician. Sunil Babu Pant wrote a letter to Zuckerberg requesting more options for gender selections.
Beyond the Personal and On to the Business
Facebook isn’t just for the personal. It has moved into the business world, with its business pages and business-related groups. The concept of marketing on Facebook isn’t almost as popular as the personal relationship activities and status updates from the personal world that transverses age, gender, and background. The science of using Facebook for marketing is a topic in and of itself and requires skill in order to obtain the return-on-investment (ROI) that is needed for the business. Fortunately, Facebook offers useful insights and creative options in the use of Facebook advertising to help businesses accomplish their goals.
As of 2015, Zuckerberg, and the Facebook crew have their eyes on multi-app innovations. Continually, the mobile market expands every year, and Facebook is working to acclimate the news feeds into more mobile friendly services and interactions on smaller screen space.