History & Timeline:
Facebook turned 16 years old now…. Starting from the one of prestigious university in the world,
and grown from a social network to a global giant company in the world connecting everyone in the world in one time.
Here is a look at some key developments:
: Mark Elliot Zuckerberg (14 May1984, White Plains, New York, US).
: California's Silicone Valley.
: Mark Zuckerberg releases Facemash, the predecessor to Facebook.
: Mark Zuckerberg starts Facebook as a sophomore at Harvard University.
More people from other colleges and universities to joining FB.
Zuckerberg registers thefacebook.com domain.
FB becomes the target of a lawsuit claiming that Zuckerberg stole the idea for the social network from a company co-founded by twins Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss and a third person at Harvard.
: Facebook expands to include high schools.
: Facebook introduces additional networks, allowing people with corporate email addresses to join.
Facebook begins letting anyone over 13 join.
FB introduces News Feed, which become one of Facebook's most popular features.
: Facebook launches Platform, which develop tools for sharing photos, taking quizzes and playing games.
Facebook agrees to sell a 1.6 percent stake to Microsoft for $240 million.
Facebook unveils its Beacon program.
: Facebook hires Sheryl Sandberg as chief operating officer, high-profile executive from Google Inc.
Facebook introduces Chat.
: Facebook introduces Like.
Facebook surpasses News Corp.'s Myspace.
: Facebook launches location feature.
"The Social Network," a movie about Zuckerberg and the legal battles over Facebook's founding, is released.
: Google launches rival social network called Plus.
Facebook introduces Timeline to show highlights from a person's entire life rather than recent posts.
Facebook agrees to settle federal charges that it violated users' privacy.
Facebook completes a move to Menlo Park, California.. Its address is 1 Hacker Way.
Facebook has also long been a proponent of marriage equality and equal rights.
: Facebook files for an initial public offering of stock. A few weeks later, it unveils new advertising opportunities for brands
Facebook buy Instagram for $1 billion and list its stock on the Nasdaq under the ticker symbol "FB."
Facebook updates its app for iPhones and iPads to make it less clunky.
Facebook says it has 1 billion active users.
Facebook rolls out a messaging app called Poke to lukewarm.
: Facebook unveils a search feature lets users quickly sift through their social connections Sandberg,
the chief operating officer, publishes book urging women to pursue leadership roles.
Facebook unveils a new experience for Android phones.
: Facebook starts to roll out "trending topics," showing users the most popular topics at any given moment.
Facebook launches a news app called Paper.
Acquisition of WhatsApp and Oculus.
Groups App is announced.
: Over 40 million small business pages are on Facebook.
Facebook introduces a free friend-to-friend payment service within its Messenger app.
Facebook's AI Research opens in Paris.
: Facebook's Reactions launches.
Over 1 billion users of Messenger a month 19$ billion
Marketplace launches - allowing users to buy and sell products.
: F8 developer's conference is held in San Jose by Facebook.
Facebook ads can now be split-tested.
: Facebook sued by shareholders following stock plummet.
Zuckerberg testifies before Congress regarding concerns over data and privacy breaches.
Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg testifies before Congress alongside Twitter.
Phrasee for Facebook goes live. The awesome power of artificial intelligence has arrived in the Facebook advertising domain.
: Facebook Messenger adds the ability to delete ("unsend") messages from the recipient's view.
Facebook Messenger adds the ability to reply to individual messages.
Meaning and history
The platform was named “The Facebook”, and the logo was the bracketed solid word “thefacebook” written in light blue on a deep blue background.
: “The” was omitted and the font color changed to white. Since then, the Facebook symbol has been carrying its classic rectangular shape.
The story behind the logo design, and the choice of colors: Mark Zuckerberg suffered deuteranopia – red-green color blindness.
However, he could distinguish between shades of blue most of us normally cannot detect.
Source : Facebook.com