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How Did Facebook Come into Existence?

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March 21, 2011
To get an answer to, 'How did facebook come into existence?' you do not need to look far back in history. This dominant social networking site has over 600 million active followers worldwide but it originated only in 2003. In its initial years, it gained popularity among the college goers. However, in the present times, it is used by people belonging to all age groups. You only need to be 13 years old to become its member.

Facebook was founded by a Harvard University student, Mark Zuckerberg and his friends Eduardo Saverin, Chris Hughes, Dustin Moskovitz. Zuckerberg created a version of the popular website 'Hot or Not' exclusively for the students of Harvard University. He named it Facemash. Like 'Hot or Not', this website would also present two images of people (normally young women). It would ask the user to tell who was better or more attractive. In case of Facemash, these pictures were of women of Harvard's nine houses.

To get the pictures, Zuckerberg had hacked the Harvard's private network and taken the photos from the dormitory of each house ID pictures. Within a couple of days, Facemash was shut down by the University administration. Zuckerberg was taken as a threat to security and was set to be expelled. However, after some time, all the charged put on him were dropped and he was given permission to stay in the Harvard campus.

Many universities offer face books to their students to help them recognize their fellow college mates with names. These face books include pictures of all the students with their names. In February 2004, Zuckerberg used his knowledge from his 'Facemash' project and created a new website called 'The Facebook.'

Within the first month of the website's creation, over half of the Harvard undergraduate students had joined The Facebook under the domain name www.thefacebook.com. Later on, as the site kept on becoming popular, Zuckerberg called on Eduardo Saverin, Andrew McCollum and Dustin Moskovitz. In March 2004, The Facebook expanded to three more Universities. They included Stanford, Yale and Columbia. Throughout the spring of 2004, this website grew to serve the rest of the Ivy Leagues schools and many Boston region schools.

Till June of 2004, Facebook was officially called "The Facebook." The base of operations moved from Boston to Palo Alto, California. The following year 'The Facebook' officially became Facebook. The company purchased the domain name www.facebook.com for $200,000.