Facebook can be defined as a website for social networking. Initially, it was designed with college students in mind. Currently, it is open to persons above the age of 13.
Users of Facebook can create and even customize their personal profiles with their personal information, photographs, and videos. Friends of the user can then browse and write messages on their profiles and vice versa.
Each and every Facebook profile has a wall on which friends can post any comments they have. Since this wall is usually viewable to all the friends of the user, it’s more or less a public conversation. It’s a good way for you and your friends to keep in touch and have an online presence without having to create a website.
History of Facebook
Mark Zuckerberg founded Facebook while studying Psychology at Harvard University at the age of 23. He was a keen computer programmer who at that time had already developed several social networking websites for his fellow students. They included Coursematch that enabled you to view other people take a similar course to yours, and Facemash that was able to rate how attractive people are.
In the month of February 2004, Mark Zuckerberg launched The Facebook (its original name). It was coined from sheets of paper that were distributed to freshmen, profiling students and staff. 1200 Harvard students signed up within the first 24 hours of its launch.
In the first month, more than 50% of the undergraduate population created a profile. After that, the network was swiftly extended to Universities in Boston and the Ivy League, before spreading to all universities in the United States.
In August 2005, its name changed to Facebook.com following the purchase of the address at the cost of $200,000. From September the same year, high school students could sign up on the network. From there it started spreading all over the globe and universities in the United Kingdom in October.
From 2006, the network extended and surpassed educational boundaries so as to be available to anyone registered with an email address.
The Future of Facebook
Mr. Zuckerberg is betting the future of his company on three main technologies. They include the following:
- Advanced artificial intelligence: This will make Facebook understand what is important to users like you.
- Virtual reality (in the form of Oculus VR): It is a company Zuckerberg acquired back in 2014, and he believes it’s the future of human interaction.
- Bringing the internet to unconnected people: This involves connecting over four billion human beings who aren’t yet connected to Facebook.
With the robust health Facebook has, Mark Zuckerberg plans to give attention and resources to these visions as he believes they will shape the future of Facebook in the next decade.
Facebook has revolutionized human interaction and continues to harmonize communication in your daily life. For these reasons, it has a bright and promising future.