What is Facebook?


Facebook is a social networking website intended to be an online way of connecting friends, family, and business associates together. It is the largest of the networking sites, recently eclipsing 50% of the U.S. population and having over 600 million users worldwide.

Facebook |History

Facebook was created in 2004 by Harvard student Mark Zuckerberg as a way to connect students together.  It was an immediate success on campus and expanded beyond Harvard into other Ivy League schools. Within months, theFacebook became a nationwide online networking phenomenon.

Zuckerberg and his business partners left Harvard in 2005 to run theFacebook full time. In 2005, Facebook replaced theFacebook and was only available to schools, universities, organizations, and companies within English speaking countries, but has since expanded to include anyone throughout the planet.

Facebook | How it Works

The way it works is simple.  According to Wisegeek.com: Facebook users create a profile page that shows their friends and networks information about themselves. The choice to include a profile in a network means that everyone withing that network can view the profile. The profile typically includes the following: Information, Status, Friends, Friends in Other Networks, Photos, Notes, Groups, and The Wall. Users are able to search for friends and acquaintances by e-mail address, school, university, or just by typing in a name or location for search. When people become friends, they are able to see all of each others’ profiles including contact information. E-mail notifications let users know when new friends have chosen to add them to their list or when someone has sent a message to them within the system.

In conclusion, Facebook has become an international sensation as  a way for friends, families, and businesses to interact with one another because users can share news stories, video, and other files with friends. Most news and video websites have buttons that can be clicked to automatically share the story or video on a feed. The person sharing can make comments about the shared item that their Facebook friends will see.

For more information on Facebook, please visit Black Box Social Media.