10 years ago in February, Facebook came about. It’s hard to think that it’s already been 10 years. Whether you joined the social platform 10 years ago or 6 months ago, we can agree that it has made a huge impact in our lives. Below are a couple big milestones Facebook went through to get to where it is today.
February 2004– “TheFacebook” was born. It was exclusively for college students around the Boston area. First, they only allowed Harvard email addresses to register. Later, they added other universities.
September 2005– US high schools could sign up.
September 2006 – Facebook launches News Feed and Mini-Feed.
September 2006– Anyone with a registered email address could sign up.
Late 2007– Business pages became popular. Over 100,000 business pages were born.
April 2008 – Facebook launches Facebook Chat.
February 2009 – Facebook introduces the Like button.
February 2010– Their users jumped up to 400 million.
September 2011– Facebook celebrated with over 800 million users.
September 2011– Facebook introduces the Timeline.
April 2012– Facebook purchases Instagram
October 2012– Facebook hits a BILLION users.
September 2013– 1.19 billion monthly active users
Facebook took a simple idea, connecting with friends online on a more visual platform than message boards, and made it into a lifestyle, a new facet to how we live our lives. If you are not on Facebook or still have no clue why it even exists, ask yourself why it is the most popular way to communicate worldwide. You can connect with businesses and friends and have closer connections. Facebook is not just a Social Media platform, it is your next Christmas card, family reunion and business transaction.