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.

 Before Facebook ventures into its tipsy teens and starts acting like it doesn’t give a hoot about what anyone says, here’s a look back at some of its most defining moments.

 thefacebook.com
THIS IS HOW FACEBOOK LOOKED LIKE WHEN IT WAS LAUNCHED BACK IN 2004

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.

Facebook Like button

THE LIKE BUTTON MADE ITS DEBUT ON FACEBOOK ONLY AS RECENTLY AS 2009

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.

Facebook IPO in 2012

FACEBOOK WENT PUBLIC IN 2012 AND WAS LISTED ON NASDAQ

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!

Facebook buys Instagram for 1 billion dollars

FACEBOOK BUYS INSTAGRAM FOR 1 BILLION 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!

Facebook Live starts in 2015

FACEBOOK LIVE STREAMING STARTED IN 2016

10) Facebook Live, the ability for anyone to stream live video at 720p HD quality from a smartphone camera, was launched in early 2016.
11) Facebook’s Free Basics free Internet connectivity dream is dealt with a crushing blow in India, as TRAI found it anti-competitive and in defiance of net neutrality norms.
12) In December last year, Facebook announced a partnership with third-party fact checkers to tackle the dissemination of fake news and hoaxes through its website. According to Mark Zuckerberg, less than 1% of content on Facebook is fake news.
13) Facebook has 1.8 billion active monthly users, of which 1.23 billion log into the social network every day and 1.15 billion exclusively login through a mobile device every day.
(Source-Indiatimes)
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