Happy 10th birthday Facebook!

Facebook celebrates its 10th birthday!

In case you haven’t heard already, the greatest social media network that is Facebook turns 10 years old today!

The site, which was set up by three Harvard students including Mark Zuckerberg, was initially limited to Harvard University students, but soon grew to become the world’s biggest social network.

It beat the likes of MySpace and Bebo, rising to worldwide fame in the early noughties, and at present, Facebook has over 1.2 billion users.

From humble beginnings…

The website, originally called The Facebook, was created in Mark Zuckerberg’s college dorm room, with the tale of its development attracting vast media attention in past years.

After the site launched in 2004, three senior students at Harvard filed a lawsuit against Zuckerberg, claiming he has used their ideas to start a rival site to their own, called HarvardConnection.com.    

In fact, the story led to the Hollywood movie The Social Network being launched in 2010, featuring the likes of Justin Timberlake and Jesse Eisenberg.

Despite paying out a $300m settlement, Zuckerberg managed to hold onto the company, and currently owns 28% of its shares today.

So what about Facebook’s next 10 years?

Facebook has come under fire in recent years with critics claiming that its days at the top are numbered.

With other social networks on the rise, Facebook users are being torn away from their customisable user profile in favour of the fast-paced nature of growing sites such as SnapChat and Twitter.

However, with the creation of Facebook adverts and promoted posts, Facebook aims to position itself as the turn-to site for business users in order to stay ahead of the game.

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