Mark Zuckerberg created Facebook from his room at Harvard on February 4, 2004. It was an instant success and more than two thirds of the students on campus registered with the site within two weeks of the launch. This inspired Mark to introduce Facebook to other universities in collaboration with his roommate Dustin Moskovitz. Facebook was thus introduced in Stanford, Dartmouth, Columbia, Cornell and Yale universities. By the following summer, Facebook had reached almost 45 universities in the United States and had attracted thousands of users. The site's name is inspired by the practice of creating photo albums by gathering photos taken from all students during the school year. These albums were then distributed to the graduating class.
[...] even relationship status. This data makes their profile searchable by other people with common preferences and interests. The site allows for the creation of by the users, whereby they may interact and correspond with new friends. The users also have access to optional features called applications. These applications enable the users to further personalize their public profile to reflect the social image they aspire to project, to people who show an interest in their page With the help of these applications, the user may view at a glance: a list of his friends a list of friends he or she has in common with his other friends a list of networks to which the user and his friends belong A list of groups to which the user belongs. [...]
[...] Others like "ISEP 2008/2009 AS" or "BDE DISCOVERY" satisfy the need to belong to an association; "Networks" (read "Network") as "France" or "ISEP" meet the need of belonging to a nation, organization, or geographic location. In the event that the needs of the user are not satisfied, by existing groups, nothing prevents the creation of a group or an application that meets such a need . Need for opinions: The need to be acknowledged and appreciated is also fulfilled through interactions on Facebook. [...]
[...] A wealth of information is available that helps to locate people one may have lost touch with. It is possible to make new friends through common friends, and join groups of people with common interests. It serves as a medium for exchanging and sharing personal information, photographs, videos, events, hobbies and the like. The information available is so comprehensive and diverse, that almost everyone may find a group they can relate with and be a part of. It is also possible to "tag" friends in pictures and videos posted by other users thus unifying individuals who know each other. [...]
[...] The American market research company reports that more than 580 million Internet users have visited at least one of these platforms in the month of June alone. Facebook is now reaping the fruit of its internationalization efforts. The Spanish, German and French versions that were launched earlier proved to be a huge success. It's presence in Europe has increased by to 35.3 million visitors and is inching closer to the number of American users. The Hispanic version of the site has been successful in reaching out to the people of Latin America. [...]
[...] On registering, the site offers to browse the contacts stored in your inbox and automatically locate them. While it allows one to search for friends faster, it also makes all the contacts in the address book available to the company. In the discussion group "Facebook and privacy," available on Facebook, a visitor notes that under general conditions, Facebook allows itself to corporate networks of friends listed . Facebook is very intrusive. By default, the site mails the user each time another user posts a comment. [...]
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