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Today in Media History: Do you remember the beginning of Facebook? On its 11th anniversary we look back

Do you remember the beginning of Facebook?

Mark Zuckerberg launched Facebook as a Harvard-only social network on February 4, 2004, so that makes today their 11th anniversary.

Let’s take a look back.

2004

“When Mark E. Zuckerberg ’06 grew impatient with the creation of an official universal Harvard facebook, he decided to take matters into his own hands.

After about a week of coding, Zuckerberg launched thefacebook.com last Wednesday afternoon. The website combines elements of a standard House face book with extensive profile features that allow students to search for others in their courses, social organizations and Houses.

‘Everyone’s been talking a lot about a universal face book within Harvard,’ Zuckerberg said. ‘I think it’s kind of silly that it would take the University a couple of years to get around to it. I can do it better than they can, and I can do it in a week.’

As of yesterday afternoon, Zuckerberg said over 650 students had registered (to) use thefacebook.com. He said that he anticipated that 900 students would have joined the site by this morning.

….While Zuckerberg promised that thefacebook.com would boast new features by the end of the week, he said that he did not create the website with the intention of generating revenue.

‘I’m not going to sell anybody’s e-mail address,’ he said. ‘At one point I thought about making the website so that you could upload a resume too, and for a fee companies could search for Harvard job applicants. But I don’t want to touch that. It would make everything more serious and less fun.’ ”

— “Hundreds Register for New Facebook Website: Facemash creator seeks new reputation with latest online project”
The Harvard Crimson, February 9, 2004

Here is a CNBC interview with Mark Zuckerberg from 2004:

2005

“A year ago, Mark E. Zuckerberg ’06-’07 had a pretty good idea. He wanted to make a website that would connect the Harvard campus. Everyone would have a profile to list their favorite music, hobbies, and inspirational quotes. They could even list their courses! Who knows, maybe people Zuckerberg didn’t even know would use it.

It was a decent enough idea, he figured, so he shared it with Eduardo L. Saverin ’05. Saverin, a former president of the Harvard Investment Association, agreed to throw in $1,000 in startup money. This capital, he and Zuckerberg reasoned, would keep the site live for at least two months.

The two friends were thinking ahead. But they could only see so far into the future.

….And they certainly did not guess that today, only a little over a year after they first launched the site, TheFacebook.com would serve 1.5 million users from across the country, nearly all of whom visit the site at least once a week.

In just five months, what began as a follow-up project to Zuckerberg’s failed HotOrNot.com spin-off, Facemash.com, became an internet phenomenon in the same boat as multimillion dollar companies like Friendster and Tribe.”

— “Business, Casual. Mark E. Zuckerberg ’06-’07, founder and CEO of TheFacebook, kicks back amid the mess in his California casa. And yes, He’s working.”
The Harvard Crimson, February 24, 2005

2006

“It started with Harvard University, then a select group of colleges, then virtually all U.S. colleges, then high schools.

Facebook, a social-networking site that has become a success on school campuses nationwide, this week expanded its membership to a different kind of campus: the corporate kind.

Just as it staggered its membership rollout for educational institutions, successfully relying on viral-marketing techniques to gain steam, the venture-backed 2004 invention of Harvard undergraduate Mark Zuckerberg is currently allowing only employees of a select 10 companies — and one nonprofit organization — to join Facebook using their respective .com and .org addresses. (Until now, only people with a .edu address could create a Facebook profile.)”

— “Facebook goes corporate
ZDNet, April 28, 2006

2007

“With an ambitious strategy for expansion, Facebook is getting in MySpace’s face.

Facebook, the Internet’s second-largest social network, was originally popular on college campuses, but over the last year it has opened its dorm-room doors to all, and its membership rolls have exploded at triple-digit growth rates.

….But Facebook is thinking big. In the parlance of its 23-year-old chief executive, Mark Zuckerberg, the company is positioning itself as a ‘social operating system’ for the Internet. It wants to sit at the center of its users’ online lives in the same way that Windows dominates their experience on a PC — while improving its own prospects for a lucrative acquisition or an eventual public offering.”

— “Facebook Expands Into MySpace’s Territory
New York Times, May 25, 2007

2008

Did you first use Facebook in 2008? Perhaps you had a tutorial like this:

“Of course, the big question is how Facebook will make money off of all these users. The metrics are starting to point in that direction, too. The company has been experimenting with a variety of ways for users to share information about advertisers on the site. For example, an advertiser can set up a ‘Page’ about a product, then users can become fans. When a user becomes a fan, the users friends see a message about that action in their news feeds. Now, more than 2.5 million users are joining pages each day.

….If Facebook keeps growing, advertisers won’t have any choice but to ‘experiment’ with Facebook if they want to reach web users. Growth is also why Facebook continues to attract third-party developers, despite the changes it regularly makes to its platform.”

— “2008 growth puts Facebook in better position to make money
VentureBeat, December 18, 2008

2009

“It was 5 years ago tomorrow that Mark Zuckerberg founded Thefacebook.com along with fellow Harvard classmates Chris Hughes, Dustin Moskovitz, and Eduardo Saverin. 1,800 days and 150,000,000 users later, Facebook has become one of the most heavily used and trusted websites in the world.

….Facebook also released updated stats on information shared by Facebook users today:

– 15 million users update their statuses at least once each day
– 850 million photos are uploaded to the site each month
– 24 million pieces of content (web links, news stories, blog posts, notes, photos, etc.) are shared each month
– 3.5 million users become fans of Pages each day
– The average user has 120 Facebook friends”

—”Facebook Turns 5 Years Old — A Look at Facebook Through the Years”
Adweek, February 3, 2009

2010

CBS News’s 60 Minutes interviewed Mark Zuckerberg in 2010.

2011

“Over the past year, we’ve worked with media organizations to help make their content more social and empower readers to experience news through their friends. Since we first launched these initiatives at the beginning of 2010, the average media organization has seen a greater than 300% increase in referral traffic from Facebook.

In addition to the work media organizations are doing to make their websites more social, we’ve also heard from editors and journalists who are making their newsrooms more social. Today we’re launching a new ‘Journalists on Facebook‘ Page to serve as an ongoing resource for the growing number of reporters using Facebook to find sources, interact with readers, and advance stories. The Page will provide journalists with best practices for integrating the latest Facebook products with their work and connecting with the Facebook audience of more than 500 million people.”

— “Facebook & social journalism
Facebook message, April 5, 2011

2012

This video was compiled for Facebook’s 8th anniversary:

2013

“On Facebook, the largest social media platform, news is a common but incidental experience, according to an initiative of Pew Research Center in collaboration with the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

Overall, about half of adult Facebook users, 47%, ‘ever’ get news there. That amounts to 30% of the population.

Most U.S. adults do not go to Facebook seeking news out, the nationally representative online survey of 5,173 adults finds. Instead, the vast majority of Facebook news consumers, 78%, get news when they are on Facebook for other reasons. And just 4% say it is the most important way they get news. As one respondent summed it up, ‘I believe Facebook is a good way to find out news without actually looking for it.’ ”

— “The Role of News on Facebook: Common yet Incidental
Pew Research Center, October 24, 2013

2014

Mashable put this video together for Facebook’s 10th anniversary:

“Today is Facebook’s 10th anniversary.

It’s been an amazing journey so far, and I’m so grateful to be a part of it. It’s rare to be able to touch so many people’s lives, and I try to remind myself to make the most of every day and have the biggest impact I can.

People often ask if I always knew that Facebook would become what it is today. No way.

I remember getting pizza with my friends one night in college shortly after opening Facebook. I told them I was excited to help connect our school community, but one day someone needed to connect the whole world.

….Today, social networks are mostly about sharing moments. In the next decade, they’ll also help you answer questions and solve complex problems.

Today, we have only a few ways to share our experiences. In the next decade, technology will enable us to create many more ways to capture and communicate new kinds of experiences.

….Thank you for letting me be a part of this journey.”

A message about Facebook’s 10th anniversary
By Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook, February 2014

2015

Today, February 4, 2015, is Facebook’s 11th anniversary. I’m sure they’ll remember.

Read more

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