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Happy Birthday Facebook : From Zero to Everything!

It was 4th February 2004 when it all started. A normal unknown guy till that time was working hard to build something which might change the world and it really did! Today, Facebook is celebrating its 8th birthday and I would like to congratulate them for their huge success with the ultimate dedication, hard work and determination. Here’s what I want to cover today for them.

I am writing this for a special motive. Actually, people say that Facebook was an overnight success but I want you guys to know that NO, Facebook was not an overnight success and it was not a stroke of luck which made that guy the youngest billionaire of his times. Since 2004, if you analyze how Mark Zuckerberg has worked, you’ll know what makes Facebook. I am presenting a timeline of Facebook evolution below.

2003

  • October 28, 2003: Mark Zuckerberg releases Facemash, the predecessor to Facebook. It was described as a Harvard University version of Hot or Not.

2004

  • January 2004: Zuckerberg begins writing Facebook.
  • January 11, 2004: Zuckerberg registers thefacebook.com domain.
  • February 4, 2004: Zuckerberg launches Facebook.
  • March 2004: Facebook expands to Stanford University, Dartmouth College, Columbia University, and Yale University.
  • April 13, 2004: Zuckerberg, Dustin Moskovitz, and Eduardo Saverin form Thefacebook.com LLC, a partnership.
  • June 2004: Facebook receives its first investment from Peter Thiel for US$500,000.

2005

  • May 26, 2005: Accel Partners invests $13 million into Facebook.
  • August 23, 2005: Facebook acquires Facebook.com domain for $200,000.

2006

  • September 2006: Facebook discusses with Yahoo! about the latter possibly acquiring the former, for $1 billion.
  • September 2006: Facebook launches a high school version of the website.
  • September 26, 2006: Facebook is open to everyone aged 13 and over, and with a valid email address.

2008

  • August 2008: Employees reportedly privately sell their shares to venture capital firms, at a company valuation of between $3.75 billion to $5 billion.

2009

  • August 2009: Facebook acquires FriendFeed.

2010

  • February 2010: Facebook acquires Malaysian contact-importing startup Octazen Solutions.
  • April 2, 2010: Facebook announces the acquisition of photo-sharing service called Divvyshot for an undisclosed amount.
  • April 19, 2010: Facebook introduces Community Pages, which are Pages that are populated with articles from Wikipedia.

2011

  • January 2011: $500 million is invested into Facebook for 1% of the company, placing its worth at $50 billion.
  • June 2011: Facebook partners with Skype to add video chat.
  • September 2011: Facebook partners with Heroku for Facebook application development using the Facebook Platform.
  • December 22, 2011: Facebook launches its new profile user interface, Facebook Timeline.

2012

  • On January 24, Facebook announced its new profile design, “Timeline”, will become mandatory and permanent for all users.
  • On February 1, Facebook announced plans for a stock market flotation in a effort to raise around $5bn.

This was about their financial growth and now let’s see how their users have grown over these years :

Looking at the graph, you see a constant growth and not a sudden growth as you expect. So, I just want to tell you that don’t see Facebook as an overnight success but it has a great story of growth and probably one of the best example of determination, leadership and all and every quality you require to grow in such a way that makes you be on top of the world.

I know, many people hate Facebook and I’m somehow one of them but I still have a little love for Facebook inside all those hatred because without Facebook, so many things couldn’t have been possible. On this day, I would just like to add : Happy Birthday, Facebook. Keep growing 😉

Credits : Wikipedia, TechCrunch.

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