When Facebook Started

When Facebook Started: Mark Zuckerberg, 23, started Facebook while studying psychology at Harvard College. A keen computer system developer, Mr Zuckerberg had currently created a number of social-networking websites for fellow students, including Coursematch, which enabled users to see individuals taking their degree, and also Facemash, where you can rate individuals's beauty.

When Facebook Started

In February 2004 Mr Zuckerberg launched "The facebook", as it was initially recognized; the name drawn from the sheets of paper distributed to freshmen, profiling students as well as personnel. Within 1 Day, 1,200 Harvard trainees had actually subscribed, as well as after one month, over half of the undergraduate population had a profile.

The network was quickly included various other Boston colleges, the Ivy Organization and ultimately all United States colleges. It came to be Facebook.com in August 2005 after the address was purchased for $200,000. US high schools could subscribe from September 2005, after that it started to spread out worldwide, reaching UK universities the following month.

As of September 2006, the network was prolonged beyond educational institutions to any person with a signed up email address. The site remains complimentary to join, as well as makes a profit through advertising and marketing earnings. Yahoo and also Google are among companies which have actually shared interest in a buy-out, with rumoured numbers of around $2bn (₤ 975m) being discussed. Mr Zuckerberg has actually thus far chosen not to sell.

The website's features have actually continued to create throughout 2007. Individuals could currently give gifts to buddies, article free classified advertisements as well as develop their very own applications - graffiti and also Scrabble are particularly popular.

This month the company introduced that the variety of signed up individuals had actually gotten to 30 million, making it the biggest social-networking website with an education emphasis.

Earlier in the year there were rumours that Prince William had actually signed up, but it was later revealed to be a simple impostor. The MP David Miliband, the radio DJ Jo Whiley, the star Orlando Flower, the musician Tracey Emin as well as the creator of Wikipedia, Jimmy Wales, are amongst verified high-profile participants.

This month officials banned a flash-mob-style water battle in Hyde Park, organised via Facebook, because of public security fears. And also there was even more dispute at Oxford as students became aware that university authorities were examining their Facebook profiles.

The legal situation versus Facebook go back to September 2004, when Divya Narendra, and also the brothers Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss, who started the social-networking site ConnectU, accused Mr Zuckerberg of replicating their concepts as well as coding. Mr Zuckerberg had worked as a computer designer for them when they were all at Harvard prior to Facebook was produced.

The case was rejected due to a technicality in March 2007 but without a ruling.