Facebook turns 20 today
It was February 4, 2004 when Mark Zuckerberg, Eduardo Saverin, Andrew McCollum, Dustin Moskovitz and Chris Hughes created TheFacebook, the first version of Facebook.
At the time these five guys were undergraduate students at Harvard and only students with a Harvard University email could sign up to TheFacebook to create their own profile where they could upload photos, share their interests and connect with other people. The name derives from “face book”, another name another way to call the “yearbook”, or the school yearbook, which was published online or in paper format by American universities at the beginning of the academic year to help students students and all staff to get to know each other.
Only a month later TheFacebook had expanded to Stanford, Columbia and Yale universities and by June of the same year it already had 250,000 members. By the end of 2004, “TheFacebook” had one million members, and in 2005 it lost the “The” to become just “Facebook.”
Facebook arrived in Italy on May 14, 2008.