Year Facebook Started
In February 2004 Mr Zuckerberg released "The facebook", as it was originally understood; the name drawn from the sheets of paper distributed to freshers, profiling pupils and team. Within 24-HOUR, 1,200 Harvard trainees had actually joined, and after one month, over fifty percent of the undergraduate population had an account.
The network was without delay reached other Boston universities, the Ivy League and also at some point all United States colleges. It became Facebook.com in August 2005 after the address was acquired for $200,000. United States senior high schools could sign up from September 2005, then it started to spread worldwide, getting to UK colleges the following month.
Since September 2006, the network was expanded past universities to any individual with a signed up e-mail address. The website continues to be totally free to join, and also makes a profit through marketing income. Yahoo as well as Google are amongst companies which have actually revealed interest in a buy-out, with rumoured figures of around $2bn (₤ 975m) being talked about. Mr Zuckerberg has actually up until now chosen not to sell.
The website's features have continued to develop throughout 2007. Users can currently give gifts to buddies, post cost-free classified advertisements or even establish their very own applications - graffiti and Scrabble are specifically popular.
This month the company introduced that the number of signed up users had reached 30 million, making it the largest social-networking site with an education emphasis.
Earlier in the year there were rumours that Royal prince William had actually registered, but it was later on revealed to be a mere impostor. The MP David Miliband, the radio DJ Jo Whiley, the actor Orlando Flower, the artist Tracey Emin and also the creator of Wikipedia, Jimmy Wales, are among verified prominent members.
This month authorities outlawed a flash-mob-style water fight in Hyde Park, arranged via Facebook, as a result of public safety and security worries. As well as there was further debate at Oxford as trainees became aware that college authorities were checking their Facebook accounts.
The lawful instance versus Facebook go back to September 2004, when Divya Narendra, and also the bros Cameron as well as Tyler Winklevoss, who started the social-networking site ConnectU, charged Mr Zuckerberg of replicating their ideas and coding. Mr Zuckerberg had worked as a computer system developer for them when they were all at Harvard before Facebook was created.
The case was disregarded due to a formality in March 2007 however without a judgment.