Infographic: The History of Facebook
Here is a short history of Facebook’s development as recorded by MyLife:
October 23, 2003: Facebook origins begin when Mark Zuckerberg launched Facemash.com.
September 13, 2003: Aaron Greenspan first conceived of The Facebook as a feature of houseSystem at Harvard.
December 2003: Zuckerberg begins working on HarvardConnection.com for the Winklevoss twins.
January 11, 2004: Zuckerberg registered thefacebook.com domain.
February 4, 2004: TheFacebook.com launches at Harvard out of Zuckerberg’s dorm room. 1,200 students signed up within 24 hours.
March 2004: Facebook expands to Stanford, Columbia, and Yale.
June 2004: Facebook is available on 30 campuses with 150,000 registered users.
June 2004: Peter Theil becomes Facebook’s first investor for $500,000 and 10.2% of the company.
June 2004: Sean Park becomes president of Facebook.
December 30, 2004: Facebook hits 1 million members.
May 2005: Accel Partners invests $12.7 million.
August 2005: Facebook officially becomes Facebook.com.
December 11, 2005: Australian and New Zealand universities were added to Facebook.
September 26, 2006: Facebook opens to anyone over the age of 12 with a valid email address.
October 24, 2007: Microsoft invests $240 million for a 1.6% share in Facebook.
June 2008: Facebook settles lawsuits to clear all rights.
October 2008: Facebook sets up international headquarters in Dublin, Ireland.
May 2009: Facebook surpasses MySpace in U.S. based traffic.
August 2009: Facebook acquires FriendFeed.
September 2009: Facebook becomes cash flow positive.
April 2, 2010: Facebook acquires Divvy-shot, a photo-sharing website.
April 19, 2010: Facebook introduces Community Pages.
April 21, 2010: Facebook introduces Personalization.
October 1, 2010: The Social Network movie is released.
February 2011: Facebook adds a civil union option (for gay partnerships).
June 2011: Facebook partners with Skype to offer video chat.
December 22, 2011: Facebook launches Facebook Timeline.
February 1, 2012: Facebook files for an IPO (initial public offering).
April 2012: Facebook acquires Instagram for $1 billion.
May 2012: Facebook goes public, valuing it at $104 billion.
October 2012: Facebook reaches 1 billion users.
January 2013: Facebook rolls out Facebook Graph Search.