Published on February 20, 2014
Looking Back on 10 Years of Facebook
In the past 10 years, Facebook has gone from a dorm room project to one of the biggest websites in the world. Facebook has changed immensely in the past decade and the full evolution is nothing short of astounding. Check out the long journey that started out as, “TheFacebook.”
February, 2004 – thefacebook.com Launches In 2004, Mark Zuckerberg launched “The Facebook” from his college dorm room. The website was originally only available to Harvard students. 3 © 2013 Simply Measured, Inc
Facebook in 2004 4 © 2013 Simply Measured, Inc
March, 2004 – Facebook Out Grows Harvard By March of that year, Facebook had gained enough momentum to move into other college campuses. MIT, Boston University, Boston College, Northeastern, Stanford, Dartmouth, Yale and Columbia were next on Facebook’s list. 5 © 2013 Simply Measured, Inc
June, 2004 – Facebook Receives First Investment By summer, Facebook had attracted enough attention to catch the eye of venture capitalist, Peter Theil, who made an angel investment of $500,000. 6 © 2013 Simply Measured, Inc
June, 2004 – Facebook Relocates to Palo Alto Following the angel investment, Facebook took their operation to the West Coast and settled into their first official HQ in California. 7 © 2013 Simply Measured, Inc
December, 2004 – 1 Million Facebook hit 1 million registered users in its first year, an incredible amount of growth for such a young company. 8 © 2013 Simply Measured, Inc
August, 2005 – Facebook Acquires Facebook.com Domain In 2005, Facebook finally dropped the “The” in its domain name. 9 © 2013 Simply Measured, Inc
September, 2005 – Facebook Expands to High School Networks Facebook opened its doors to people other than college students in 2005, allowing high school students to register under their school’s network. 10 © 2013 Simply Measured, Inc
October, 2005 – Facebook Introduces “Albums” Feature It’s hard to imagine that Facebook existed without albums, but prior to late 2005, this feature was unavailable. 11 © 2013 Simply Measured, Inc
Facebook in 2006 12 © 2013 Simply Measured, Inc
April, 2006 – Facebook Goes Mobile Before the app, there was “Facebook for Mobile.” This mobile friendly browser allowed users to access the network from their devices. 13 © 2013 Simply Measured, Inc
August, 2006 – Facebook Development Platform Launches Facebook Platform allowed developers to create integrated apps with mass distribution. This gave brands another opportunity to reach Facebook’s rich audience. 14 © 2013 Simply Measured, Inc
September, 2006 – Facebook Gets a Facelift In September, Facebook added the News & Mini Feeds. Now, users could read a personalized stream of stories based on their friends and interests. 15 © 2013 Simply Measured, Inc
Facebook in 2007 16 © 2013 Simply Measured, Inc
June, 2007 – Facebook Video Arrives Not only did Facebook just introduce Video uploads in 2007, but they also gave users the opportunity to video message and upload via mobile. 17 © 2013 Simply Measured, Inc
July, 2007 – 30 Million on Facebook After doubling the number of accounts they had at the start of 2007, Facebook hit a huge milestone mid-year, amassing 30 million active users. 18 © 2013 Simply Measured, Inc
November, 2007 – Introducing Facebook Ads After years without a major advertising platform, Facebook introduced Ads to allow “businesses to connect with users and target advertising to the exact audiences they want.” 19 © 2013 Simply Measured, Inc
Facebook in 2008 20 © 2013 Simply Measured, Inc
April, 2008 – Facebook Chat Facebook created a new way for users to connect with each other in real time via Chat. 21 © 2013 Simply Measured, Inc
July, 2008 – Facebook for iPhone A year earlier, Facebook launched their Facebook iPhone website. As demand grew, Facebook responded by producing their first Facebook iPhone App. 22 © 2013 Simply Measured, Inc
October, 2008 – Facebook Sets up International HQ in Dublin In 2008, Facebook established their international headquarters in Dublin to help serve users in Europe, the Middle East & Africa. 23 © 2013 Simply Measured, Inc
July, 2008 – “The Wall” In July of 2008, Facebook introduced “The Wall,” another way for users to keep tabs on what their friends are up to. 24 © 2013 Simply Measured, Inc
Facebook in 2009 25 © 2013 Simply Measured, Inc
September, 2009 – Facebook Cash-Flow Positive In 2009, Facebook topped the 300 million user mark and announced that it had turned its first cash-positive quarter. 26 © 2013 Simply Measured, Inc
Facebook in 2010 27 © 2013 Simply Measured, Inc
July, 2010 – 500 Million on Facebook After only 6 years, Facebook hit 500 million users. 28 © 2013 Simply Measured, Inc
October, 2010 – Facebook on the Big Screen In 2010, Facebook’s “story” was released as the plotline to the widely successful blockbuster, “The Social Network.” 29 © 2013 Simply Measured, Inc
December, 2010 – Person of the Year After one of Facebook’s biggest years ever, TIME acknowledged its founder with one of their highest honors. 30 © 2013 Simply Measured, Inc
December, 2010 – Facebook Tops Google In 2010, Facebook was the most visited website of the year… Yes, even more visits than Google. 31 © 2013 Simply Measured, Inc
Facebook in 2011 32 © 2013 Simply Measured, Inc
August, 2011 – Facebook Messenger Facebook introduced a new mobile app to connect their users in real-time. Messenger “gives you a faster way to message friends and small groups.” 33 © 2013 Simply Measured, Inc
September, 2011 – Introducing Timeline Facebook added “Timelines” to users’ profiles in September. Facebook added this feature to help users “tell all the different parts of your story – from the small things you do each day to your biggest moments.” 34 © 2013 Simply Measured, Inc
Facebook in 2012 35 © 2013 Simply Measured, Inc
May, 2012 – Facebook Goes Public Facebook’s IPO was not only the biggest IPO in Internet history, but one of the biggest in technology’s history. After closing it’s first day on the NYSE, Facebook’s share price was $38.23. 36 © 2013 Simply Measured, Inc
April, 2013 – Facebook Home Facebook created a completely integrated UI for Android phones in 2013. The design emphasized interaction with people, rather than with apps. 37 © 2013 Simply Measured, Inc
June, 2013 – Hashtags Reach Facebook Perhaps taking a cue from Twitter, in the summer of 2013, Facebook introduced their own clickable hashtags to help their audience connect via similar interests and conversations. 38 © 2013 Simply Measured, Inc
February, 2014 – Facebook Buys WhatsApp for $16 Billion Facebook bought messaging service, WhastApp, for a staggering $16 billion. As the biggest-ever Silicion Valley purchase ever, Facebook is hoping this acquisition will place them closer to the heart of mobile communications. 39 © 2013 Simply Measured, Inc
With over 1 billion monthly active users, a photo sharing platform in Instagram, and a messaging service in WhatsApp, we have to wonder… What will Facebook do next? Tell us what you think!
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