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                                                            When? Where? Why? 

What is Facebook?

Facebook is a social network service/website that was created, and founded by Mark Zuckerberg (and his college peers). Facebook was launched in February of 2004. Facebook has more than 500 million users (as of July 2010) - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Facebook. Facebook allows for real-time information to be viewed by users, such as in the News Feed, profile statuses, newly uploaded pictures, etc. People on Facebook are able to make their own personal profiles, where they can put all of the information they would like to be shared, such as: photos, the school they attend, the jobs they have had/currently have, their relationship status, their personal feelings in a status update, etc. Facebook profiles can be made public (for everyone to see all of the person's information), or they are made private (where only a limited amount of information can be seen by viewers/or nothing at all (but a profile picture). Facebook seems to make people feel connected, because they are able to see what people are doing, what they have been up to, who they have been hanging out with, etc., but at the same time, it makes people feel disconnected if they are not invited to these social events. Also, people feel disconnected when they are not friends with someone. If a person is deleted as a friend, or they have never been a friend, then they do not know what is going on, and they feel out of the loop. Facebook also allows for messages (emails) to be sent, it allows for chats to occur between people, it notifies people of any new friends, wall postings, status updates, comments, etc. It allows for people to still feel close to people, even if they have not seen/spoken to each other for a long period of time, because actions/statuses are constantly being updated. Facebook is also very convenient for people; for instance, people may be working on homework, papers, etc., but they are able to be on Facebook at the same time (chatting, writing messages, uploading pictures, etc.) It is much more difficult to be on the phone or texting, while working on something on the computer. People are able to join groups of common interest, make fan pages, and any person aged 13 or older is able to become an active Facebook user - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Facebook. Overall, Facebook truly does keep people connected, and updated with up-to-date information, and people are all about new gossip, new trends, who is dating who, etc. Facebook was a phenomenal idea, because it truly gives people what they want, and that is information.

Facebook Login Format:

At the bottom you can see that Facebook is offered in many different languages!

Facebook's Mission Statement:
"Facebook's mission statement is to give people the power to share and make the world more open and connected" (Reagan, 2009). It seems that Facebook has greatly carried out their mission statement, and that is why it is continuing to be a successful company. People are constantly sharing information, and remaining connected through this website, no matter where they are, and that is the pure beauty of its triumph!

Harvard: (This is where Facebook all began!....)

Where is Facebook headquarters in America?

Facebook headquarters is stationed in Palo Alto, CA for the United States (serving the Americas). There are other headquarters stationed around the world, since this is a worldwide website. There are offices in Dublin, Ireland/Wellington, New Zealand/Hyderabad, India. Facebook is also offered in a variety of languages, since it is a worldwide website. 

How does Facebook make its money?
Facebook makes its profit predominantly through ads, which are located on the right side of the homepage, profile page, etc. People are able to judge whether they like, or dislike the ads. Zuckerberg had created this website, so that people could feel connected, know what is going on, etc. It had nothing to do with making money, but it is definitely a good perk, since Facebook was worth $800 million in 2009, according to Wikipedia-http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Facebook.

Facebook over MySpace?
Facebook seems to be much more popular than MySpace, because it is easier to navigate around. It also seems to be much simpler to use, and to figure out. MySpace tends to freeze computers, takes a while to open pages, can start viruses, etc. Every single Facebook page is the same, meaning the profiles are simple, plain, and consistent. Information is easily found on Facebook, because everyone's page has the same layout. On MySpace, everyone can have different layouts, which makes its harder, and longer to find information on a person. Facebook definitely seems to be better than MySpace by popular demand. 

The Social Network movie?
The Facebook movie came out this year (2010 of October), and it gave a great portrayal and glimpse of how Facebook was created, the founders, the enemies that were formed, the money that was made, the lawsuits that were initiated, etc. This movie gives a great depiction of how important first-mover advantages were performed in this realm of technology. Even though pioneering costs may have been high, they were well worth it. The movie shows how Mark Zuckerberg is the youngest billionaire in history, and although he may have had the idea given to him by others, he was the true creator of Facebook. Facebook definitely allowed for communication between people to go far beyond the telephone, texting, and mail. It has allowed for people to stay involved, and connected, no matter where they are, as long as they have the Internet, and a personal profile. Facebook has made many different changes, and they have all been for the good. For instance, the website was originally only intended for college students at well-known, upper class schools, then it triggered to other colleges, then to high-school students, then to anyone 13 years of age, or older. Facebook allows for people who are far from each other to continue communication, so contact is not lost. It is truly a new spark in communication, and people do not seem to get bored/tired of it, because it involves people's personal information. 

Who is Mark Zuckerberg?

Mark Zuckerberg is the creator of Facebook, and he attended Harvard University (It was his sophomore year of college when he created Facebook, and he was a computer engineering major). He was also the creator of Facemash, which basically compared two people, and viewers were able to choose which person looked better (out of the two people being compared). Within only a couple of hours, this website was a complete success, and highly popular (with a huge amount of viewings). Zuckerberg was "charged with breach of security, violating copyrights, violating individual privacy, and faced expulsion" (Wikipedia, 2010) - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Facebook. As time passed on, Harvard seniors (Cameron Winklevoss, Tyler Winklevoss, and Divya Narendra) spoke with Zuckerberg about creating a website that would be for only Harvard students (Harvardconnection.com). They thought it was a good idea to have people create their own personal profiles, update party statuses, etc. Their intention of this idea/website was to be recognized, so that they could be well-known as entrepreneurs. Zuckerberg was the only person who truly knew how to make the website, and how to write code; therefore, he took it upon himself to make the website with his friend Eduardo Saverin (who was basically the person who gave money to Zuckerberg for initial costs/fees). Everything happened fairly rapidly for the website/Zuckerberg. It was first called thefacebook.com, but as soon as he came into contact with Sean Parker (former entrepreneur for Napster), he gave Zuckerberg the idea to drop the "the," thus calling it facebook.com instead. Eduardo Saverin was a dear/good friend to Zuckerberg, and supplied him with all of the money that was necessary, but Zuckerberg turned his back on Saverin. Zuckerberg went under the wing of Parker, who soon became the president of Facebook. In 2005, Facebook allowed for high school students to be involved on Facebook, and as more time passed on everyone (over the age of 13) was able to become a valid user (in 2006). In 2010, Facebook was the most trafficked website (ahead of Google- a search engine). Since there are so many users on Facebook, there is constant action (from people adding a new friend, to a new comment, to a new wall post, all the way to a new photo). There are just so many changes that can occur rapidly, and people tend to zone in, so that they are always up-to-date with new information. 

This Palo Alto rental was posted on December 2, 2010. This rental belonged to Mark Zuckerberg, and it is $7,850 a month. It is a luxurious rental, in a great location, especially since Facebook headquarters are located in Palo Alto, CA. It may still be available!

Video Clip: 

Mark Zuckerberg & 60 minutes

Facebook Movie? "The Social Network"

The Social Network Trailer Movie


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