Facebook turns 13 years old today — yeah, it first went live on February 4, 2004. And within its short online existence, Mark Zuckerberg’s Harvard dorm brainchild has fundamentally changed how people connect, consume and share content online.
1) TheFacebook.com goes live from Zuckerberg’s Harvard dorm, who wanted to create a universal website that connected all students at Harvard. The website soon connected over 800 university campuses across the US!
2) Facebook Mobile actually launched all the way back in 2006 — before even the launch of the iPhone or wave of Android smartphones! Hats off to Zuckerberg’s sense of vision, yes?
3) Two and a half years after its launch, Facebook finally went international and public — not restricting itself to just college students, but letting anyone create an account and log into the social network. It had just under 12 million users at the time.
4) It wasn’t until February 2009 that Facebook got its iconic Like button!
5) Facebook Open Graph was launched in 2010 which allowed third-party websites and publishers to promote its user’s activity on Facebook, making the website the ultimate online social destination.
6) Facebook became a public company in 2012, allowing people to buy its stock. From $38 per share at launch, Facebook’s stock is currently traded at $131 per share.
7) It made Mark Zuckerberg’s one of the youngest billionaires in the world, and his current personal wealth is at a staggering $54 billion. The guy’s just 32 years old!
US dollars soon after its IPO in 2012
8) Facebook bought photo-sharing website Instagram in 2012 for an astonishing price at the time of $1 billion.
9) Facebook started allowing users to post animated GIFs in 2015, thereby reviving one of the earliest forms of animated picture file formats which was launched first in 1987 — thirty years ago!