Fact File about the Invention of Facebook: Invention: Facebook *** Date of Invention: 2004 *** Name of Inventor: Mark Zuckerberg *** Lifespan of Inventor: 1984 - Present *** Nationality of Inventor: American *** Historical Period: Technology and Information Age *** Category: Communications, Information
and Social Media *** Country of Origin: America *** Facts about the Inventor, Mark Zuckerberg, and
the invention of Facebook ***
Fact 1: Who invented Facebook? Facebook was invented by Mark Zuckerberg in 2004 during the Technology and Information Age of inventions
and created a global phenomenon in the area of Communications,
Social Media and Information.
Fact 2: Who invented Facebook? Prior to the invention of Facebook in 2004, there was
a number of social-networking websites including others used by students such as
Facemash and Coursemash.
Fact 3: Who invented Facebook? The inventor of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg,
was born on May 14, 1984 in White Plains, New York, United States.
Fact 4: Who invented Facebook? Mark Zuckerberg was the son of Edward
Zuckerberg, a dentist and his mother, Karen (Kempner) Zuckerberg, was a
psychiatrist. Mark was the only son and had three sisters called Randi, Donna,
Fact 5: Who invented Facebook? The early years of Mark Zuckerberg were spent in White Plains, New York, United States
in then in Dobbs Ferry, New York where he was raised by his family. Mark Zuckerberg was
an excellent student and educated at Ardsley High School and then the
exclusive private school, Phillips Exeter Academy.
Fact 6: Who invented Facebook? His interest in computing began in middle
school when he began developing software programs for games and as communication
devices and developed a reputation as a talented computer programmer. Phillips
Exeter Academy published its own student photo directory called the "Photo
Address Book", which students commonly referred to as "The Facebook".
Fact 7: Who invented Facebook? Mark Zuckerberg graduated from Phillips
Exeter Academy and entered Harvard University in the fall 2002 enrolling in
psychology and computer science courses.
Fact 8: Who invented Facebook? In his second year at Harvard in 2003 he
launched a fun web program called "Facemash" which allowed students to select
the most attractive person from a choice of photos. Facemash was an instant
success and its popularity was such that the program prevented students from
accessing the Internet. Facemash quickly drew the immediate attention of the
university administrators, the site was shut down and Mark Zuckerberg was nearly
expelled from Harvard.
Fact 9: Who invented Facebook? Undaunted by his experiences with Facemash,
Mark Zuckerberg went on to write code for another program and a second website
and on February 4, 2004, he launched "Thefacebook", the precursor to his invention of Facebook.
Fact 10: Who invented Facebook? The launching of "Thefacebook" was
controversial and resulted in three Harvard seniors (Divya Narendra, Cameron
Winklevoss and Tyler Winklevoss) accusing Mark Zuckerberg of using their ideas
for the site. The three later filed a lawsuit against Mark Zuckerberg that
resulted in a settlement in 2008 for 1.2 million Facebook shares.
Fact 11: Who invented Facebook? "Thefacebook" was launched for the
use of Harvard students and became another success. Mark Zuckerberg therefore
enlisted the help of his roommate, Dustin Moskovitz, to spread it to other
colleges and universities.
Fact 12: Who invented Facebook? In 2004 Mark Zuckerberg and Dustin
Moskovitz dropped out of Harvard and moved to Palo Alto, California in the San
Francisco Bay Area of the United States. They rented a house with some other
friends and had a wow of a time rigging up a zip wire over the swimming pool.
Fact 13: Who invented Facebook? The invention of Facebook was based on a
really simple idea. It was a communications tool for keeping track of friends
and informing them of what you were doing. It differed from other websites such
as Friendster and MySpace by connecting people to real friends instead of
strangers. It was great fun and could also be used as a an electronic social
diary enabling social interaction.
Fact 14: Who invented Facebook? In the summer of 2005 Mark Zuckerberg
changed the site's name from 'thefacebook.com' to simply 'facebook.com' and the
logo redesigned at the same time. The idea of the change was to make the name
more Memorable and Readable and more suited to being quickly found by search
engines. By the end of 2005 Facebook hit 5 million users.
Fact 15: Who invented Facebook? In 2006 Yahoo offered an estimated $1
billion dollars for the site which was declined by Mark Zuckerberg - he was
just 22 years of age.
Fact 16: Who invented Facebook? In 2007 Microsoft paid $15 billion
dollars for a 1.4% stake in the company.
Fact 17: Who invented Facebook? In 2007 the site was opened not to just
students but to anyone who had an email address and the site became a truly
Fact 18: Who invented Facebook? By 2008 the site was reaching 100 million
active users. On April 24, 2012 it went on to reach 900 million active users.
Fact 19: Who invented Facebook? In February 2009 Facebook introduced
'Like', allowing people to endorse other people's posts. In the same year the
site overtook MySpace to become the Internet's largest social network.
Fact 19: Who invented Facebook? The rapid growth of social media provided
social platforms for people to express their views. However not all countries
embraced the use of social media and sites such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube
were banned in countries such as China, North Korea and Iran.
Fact 20: Who invented Facebook? In 2010 "The Social Network," a movie
about Mark Zuckerberg was released and won three academy awards.
Fact 21: Who invented Facebook? In 2012 the company continued to expand
with the acquisition of Instagram for $1 billion dollars.
Fact 22: Who invented Facebook? In August 2013 Facebook launched
Internet.org. as a “global partnership dedicated to making Internet access
available to the two thirds of the world not yet connected".
Fact 23: Who invented Facebook? In February 2014 Facebook acquired
WhatsApp Inc., a smartphone instant messaging application for $19 billion and by
June 2016, more than 100 million voice calls were made per day on WhatsApp. By
February 2017, WhatsApp had over 1.2 billion global users.
Fact 24: Who invented Facebook? By January 2017 Facebook attracted 1.86
billion global monthly active users spending an average time of 20 minutes on
the site. The Facebook 'Like' and 'Share' Buttons are viewed across nearly ten
million websites every day.
Fast Info and Fact File: Country of Origin: America *** Name of Inventor: Mark Zuckerberg *** Nationality of Inventor: American *** Date of Invention: 2004 *** Invention: Facebook
*** Lifespan of Inventor: 1984 - Present *** Invention Era: Technology and
Information Age *** Type: Communications and Information *** The Inventor and
Invention of Facebook ***