Ten years ago today, Harvard students Mark Zuckerberg, Dustin Moskovitz, Chris Hughes and Eduardo Saverin launched a website called thefacebook.com. Unlike MySpace, Friendster and other social networks of the time, Facebook was designed to help college students stay in touch with each other, work collaboratively on projects and share ideas.
As students flocked to its platform, the social network quickly surpassed its founders’ expectations. Originally dismissed as a passing fad, by the end of 2004 the service had over a million members worldwide and was growing exponentially.
In September of 2006, Facebook opened up to all users and surpassed 12 million members, 60% of whom checked into the site daily. After it launched self-service ads and pages functionality, businesses realized the site could also help them reach out to, connect with and grow their organizations on social.
“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.” Mark Zuckerberg, CEO, Facebook
Today, Facebook is a publicly traded company with over 6,300 employees and a global audience of 1.23 billion active users. We’re excited to be a part of Facebook’s journey and to help our customers gain the most value out of their social networks.
For more information on the history of Facebook, see this timeline they published today.
Happy tenth anniversary Facebook! We can’t wait to see what the next 10 years will bring.