The story of Facebook

In February 2004, Mark Zuckerberg launched his new app, TheFacebook, from his dorm room. After having made other social apps, such as Facemash and CourseMatch, that were not too successful, Mark didn’t have any big expectations for his new website. Mark even stated during a TV interview later on that before the launch, he was expecting only about 400 or 500 users. However, just 24 hours after the website was published, 1200 Harvard undergrads had already registered to the website.

As time passed, TheFacebook’s success continued to surpass Mark’s expectations. After a month, with half of Harvard’s undergrads registered to the website, Mark decided to expend his newly created social network to other universities. As a result, TheFacebook became available to Boston University, Stanford, and all the IVY leagues.

In 2005, as Mark dropped out of Harvard and moved the company to Palo Alto, CA. He became friends with Sean Parker, who soon became Facebook’s president. The company then changed its name to Facebook, after having bought the domain facebook.com for over $200,000. By 2006, the company already had 6 million users.

Through his experience of founding Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg became the world’s youngest billionaire at the age of 22 years old. Nowadays, Facebook is one of the biggest transnational corporations in the world, and has extended to 2.23 billion active users as of 2018. Facebook has become the most influential social platform, as it now hosts TV shows, and has many new other functionalities. Thus, it is fair to say that Facebook represents one of the biggest impact the youth has had on today’s world.

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by Hugo B.