It first came to the surface in February 2004 but was limited to only colleges and universities in the Boston area. By July 2010, it had more than 500 million users in only six years later. it features started by solely creating a personal profile page to joining multiple groups, sharing and posting articles, and creating "fan" pages.
It was designed by Mark Zuckerberg, a computer science sophomore at Harvard. Zuckerberg and his roommates and fellow computer science classmates, Eduardo Saverin, Dustin Moskovitz, and Chris Hughes collaborated on the joint effort in creating the world's famous social networking site.
It's usage popularity caught on and spread like wildfire. It quickly surpassed other social networking sites, like MySpace, out of the water. it's features and capabilities, networking wise, were more effective than MySpace because of the vast social networking web that is created.
One of the reasons more people caught on to it more than MySpace was that MySpace received poor publicity because it was said to attract male predators who preyed after young teenagers. There were several cases and news reports of male predators stalking and trying to meet up with young teenagers they met online. For a few years, MySpace was labeled as dangerous and unsafe.
One reason why it became more successful than MySpace is the business world really caught on to it. All kinds of businesses, organizations, stores, and even schools can be found on it. Even news stations and TV shows will tell their audiences to "Find Us on it". This is what made it so huge.
It even has a feature where it will suggest friends that are also it users who work or attend school at the same place. You can see how the network expands from there. The networking opportunities that stem from this are truly amazing.
It is another example of how technology and the Internet have greatly impacted our society. Social networking sites like it have made our world even smaller, if that was even possible. It's amazing how something so small ended up so big, and even changed our world.
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