Many times I mentioned the social network Facebook on the blog pages. Yes, that didn’t look at her closely. For us, Facebook is already a familiar social sphere. All heard about it. Someone is her fan, someone is an ardent opponent, and someone is still there or not.
The topic about Facebook originated from comments from a previous article about SEO culture. Comparing what they write about Facebook in the West and first-hand and what they “know” with us - there are differences. In particular, the question of whether Zukberg stole the idea for his network or not? I was interested in this and other questions. Therefore , having rummaged in the depths of reputable sources of the burzhunet, I found adequate information about Facebook. I invite you to plunge into history a little.
Facebook network in the world with more than 500 000 000 active users.
Facebook was founded by Mark Zuckerberg (pictured) in Eurale 2004 and positioned as an exclusive network for Harvard students. The beginning of its existence was a huge success: in just 2 weeks half of the colleges in the Boston area started using the Facebook network. and to Chris Hughes with a request to help develop and build the network. The results exceeded expectations. Within four months, more than 30 colleges have already participated in the network.
How did the idea arise? The original idea of creating a social network originated from Zuckerberg in high school (Phillips Exeter Academy). In the academy there existed the Exeter Face Book bukalnaya book, which went in a circle from student to student. And everyone was noted in it (registered) so that other students could find their classmates. It was a good idea, but it took a lot of time and required a lot of paper until Zuckerberg brought the book (as an idea) to the Internet. This is how the social network Facebook appeared.
With such success, Zuckerberg, Moskowitz and Hughes moved to Palo Alto during the summer. A few weeks later, on arrival, Zuckerberg ran into the former co-founder of the company Napster Sean Parker . Soon, Parker moved to the headquarters of Zuckerberg and they began to work together. For the development required finances. Parker, as the main investor, Peter Thiel - co-founder PayPal and managing partner Founders Fund invested $ 500,000 in the development of Fasebook .
Such a scope did not go unnoticed. Friendster , the oldest social network, founded in 2002 and having more than a million users at the time of Facebook's appearance, offered $ 10 million for Zuckerberg company. Facebook otkolonila proposal and subsequently received funding in the amount of $ 12.7 million from Accel Partners , which itself was estimated at $ 100 million. Facebook continued to grow, opening up more opportunities for students to communicate and in September 2005 added the function of adding and sharing photos. It was a huge success. The following spring, 2006, Facebook received funding in the amount of $ 25 million from Greylock Partners and Meritech Capital , as well as from previous partners Accel Partners and Peter Thiel. Previously, the value of the transaction was $ 525 million . Finally, in the September 2006 year, Facebook was open to all who had their email inbox.
In the summer of 2006, the company Yahoo tried to acquire Facebook for $ 1 billion . The reports, in fact, showed that Zuckerberg had given verbal consent to the sale. However, just a few days later, Yahoo’s stock slipped in value and the deal was already valued at $ 800 million. Zuckerberg refused. Later, Yahoo again offered $ 1 billion for the network. But, Zuckerberg refused. He returned a billion as a child, abandoning the blue dream. This was not the first failure of Zuckerberg. In the spring of 2006, he refused from $ 750 million offered by Viacom .
In life Facebook there was a pessimistic note when a dispute arose with the social network ConnectU . The founder of ConnectU, a former classmate of Zukeberg from Harvard, accused Zuckerberg of stealing his source code for the network. The claim was sent to court. To date, the issue has been resolved.
Despite the protracted dispute, the growth of the network in autumn 2007 was stunning. More than 1 million users connected every week, 200,000 daily. In total, over 50 million new active users have joined the network in a month. Facebook received more than 40 billion page views in a month.
Long gone are the days when Facebook was just a network for college students. 11% of network users are people over 35 years old. There is a rapid demographic growth of users older than 30 years.Facebook also has international growth; 15% of the subscriber base are users of Canada. According to statistics, Facebook users are the most active. More than half of all users log into the network every day and spend an average of 19 minutes a day.
Facebook is the 6th most visited site in the US and holds the TOP by number of photos: more than 4.1 billion photos uploaded to Facebook.
Based on the success figures of Zuckerberg Microsoft invested $ 240 million in Facebook in the fall of 2007. It was a peaceful block of shares, compared with Microsoft’s value of $ 15 billion (1.6% of the company) and a yield of $ 150 million per year. Many explained that Microsoft’s decision was solely due to the desire to outperform Google.
The main competitors Facebook are MySpace , Bebo , Friendster , LinkedIn , Tagged , Hi5 , Piczo , and Open Social .