TECH TALK: Facebook: The Early Days

Wikipedia has this about the early days of Facebook: In early February of 2004, Harvard University sophomore Mark Zuckerberg founded “The Facebook”, with support from Andrew McCollum and Eduardo Saverin. By the end of the month, more than half of the undergraduate population at Harvard were registered on the service. Additionally at that time, Zuckerberg was joined by Dustin Moskovitz and Chris Hughes for site promotion and Facebook expanded to MIT, Boston University, and Boston College. This expansion continued in April of 2004, when it expanded to the rest of Ivy League and a few other schools. The following month, Zuckerberg, McCollum, Hughes, and Moscovitz moved to Palo Alto, California to continue work on Facebook’s development with additional help from Adam D’Angelo and Sean Parker….Facebook received approximately $500,000 from PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel in an angel round. By December , Facebook’s user base had exceeded one million.

Mashable put together a timeline of the key events in Facebook’s history:

February – Mark Zuckerberg and co-founders Dustin Moskovitz and Chris Hughes launch Facebook from their Harvard dorm room
March – Facebook expands from Harvard to Stanford, Columbia and Yale
June – Facebook moves its base of operations to Palo Alto, Calif.
September – Groups application is added; the Wall is added as a Profile feature
December – Facebook reaches nearly 1 million active users

May – Facebook raises $12.7 million in venture capital from Accel Partners;
Facebook grows to support more than 800 college networks
August – The Company officially changes its name to Facebook from
September – Facebook expands to add high school networks
October – Photos is added as an application
Facebook begins to add international school networks
December – Facebook reaches more than 5.5 million active users

April – Facebook raises $25 million from Greylock Partners and Meritech Capital Partners;
Facebook Mobile feature launches
May – Facebook expands to add work networks
August – Facebook development platform launches;
Notes application is introduced;
Facebook and Microsoft form strategic relationship for banner ad syndication
September – News Feed and Mini-Feed are introduced with additional privacy controls;
Facebook expands registration so anyone can join
November – Share feature added on Facebook, simultaneously launched on over 20 partner sites
December Facebook reaches more than 12 million active users

February – Virtual gift shop launches as a feature
March – Facebook reaches over 2 million active Canadian users and 1 million active UK users
April – Facebook reaches 20 million active users;
Facebook updates site design and adds network portals
May – Facebook launches Marketplace application for classified listings

Mashable has an earlier article profiling Facebook.

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Rajesh Jain

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