Year Facebook Started

Year Facebook Started: Mark Zuckerberg, 23, founded Facebook while researching psychology at Harvard University. A keen computer developer, Mr Zuckerberg had already created a variety of social-networking internet sites for fellow trainees, consisting of Coursematch, which permitted customers to check out people taking their level, as well as Facemash, where you can rank people's attractiveness.

Year Facebook Started

In February 2004 Mr Zuckerberg launched "The facebook", as it was originally understood; the name drawn from the sheets of paper distributed to freshers, profiling trainees and also personnel. Within 24 hours, 1,200 Harvard pupils had actually joined, and also after one month, over fifty percent of the undergraduate population had a profile.

The network was promptly encompassed various other Boston universities, the Ivy League as well as ultimately all US universities. It ended up being in August 2005 after the address was bought for $200,000. US senior high schools could register from September 2005, after that it began to spread out worldwide, reaching UK colleges the following month.

As of September 2006, the network was prolonged beyond schools to any person with a signed up email address. The website remains complimentary to sign up with, as well as makes a profit with marketing profits. Yahoo and Google are amongst business which have actually revealed interest in a buy-out, with rumoured figures of around $2bn (₤ 975m) being talked about. Mr Zuckerberg has until now chosen not to market.

The website's attributes have continued to develop during 2007. Customers can now provide presents to buddies, post complimentary classified advertisements as well as develop their own applications - graffiti as well as Scrabble are especially preferred.

This month the business revealed that the variety of signed up users had reached 30 million, making it the largest social-networking site with an education and learning emphasis.

Previously in the year there were rumours that Royal prince William had actually registered, yet it was later revealed to be a simple impostor. The MP David Miliband, the radio DJ Jo Whiley, the star Orlando Bloom, the musician Tracey Emin and also the creator of Wikipedia, Jimmy Wales, are amongst confirmed prominent members.

This month officials banned a flash-mob-style water battle in Hyde Park, organised via Facebook, because of public safety and security concerns. And there was better controversy at Oxford as students became aware that university authorities were checking their Facebook profiles.

The legal case versus Facebook go back to September 2004, when Divya Narendra, and the brothers Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss, that founded the social-networking site ConnectU, accused Mr Zuckerberg of copying their concepts as well as coding. Mr Zuckerberg had actually worked as a computer system designer for them when they were all at Harvard before Facebook was developed.

The situation was disregarded as a result of a technicality in March 2007 but without a judgment.