When and why was Facebook invented? And more importantly, who invented Facebook? Well, Mark Elliot Zuckerberg was one of the inventors of Facebook, and although he’s the original inventor, Aaron Greenspan, his Harvard University mate claims otherwise. Read on to know more about the guy behind Facebook.
Facebook is one of the most popular websites that offers social networking today with more than 1 billion users around the world. Online social networking is just like like-minded people coming together for some activities, forming groups, having discussions, sharing photographs, etc. Similarly, Facebook enables all these activities by various applications, for example, providing forums, photo sharing options, video uploading, keeping a track on all the happenings in their formed communities, people they have approved to be linked to, etc. Online gaming is one of the biggest USPs of Facebook, and indeed, games like Farmville and Mafia Wars have lured many users to the site. Facebook also offers a brilliant platform for businesses to reach out to their clients. Compared to its competitors like Myspace, Orkut, and Twitter, Facebook is way ahead, both in terms of popularity as well as the number of users.
The History of Facebook
Coming to the question of who invented Facebook and why, it would be interesting to know that initially, Facebook was just meant for Harvard University students to find and contact fellow students. It was meant to serve the purpose of keeping track of who was new in college to getting in touch with each other for project purposes. It was an online directory, and was founded on the Harvard University campus. However, as soon as it was launched, almost two-third of the total number of students registered themselves on Facebook. Mark Elliot Zuckerberg, along with Chris Hughes, Dustin Moskovitz, and Eduardo Saverin, who helped in the launch of the site, saw the response, and realized that this system could generate great revenue. To pursue this, Mark dropped out of Harvard and got into making Facebook a worldwide accessible site, and then to its current stand of being the top social networking site in the world.
Today, Facebook rules the social networking world, with every one person in fourteen using it. It is also the second most popular site in US, and is worth billions of dollars. In barely 9 years, from its launch in 2004 as an online college directory, to its rise as the most popular social networking site in the world, Facebook has been a success story for the four co-founders, making them all accidental billionaires.
Who Invented Facebook and When
As mentioned above, Mark Zuckerberg, Chris Hughes, Dustin Moskovitz, and Eduardo Saverin were Harvard University fellow mates who invented Facebook.
- Mark Zuckerberg
14th May 1984
Westchester County, NYMark belongs to Westchester County, New York, and is now an American Internet entrepreneur and a computer programmer. He is the CEO and president of Facebook. The 1984 born Mark is a Taurus by sun sign (May 14). At the age of 24, he created this social networking website, which almost made him a celebrity overnight. This brought him a lot of fame, along with its share of criticism and controversy. Mark holds 29.3% of the Facebook shares.
- Chris R. Hughes
26th November 1983
Hickory, NCChris R. Hughes, born in the year 1983 in Hickory, North Carolina, was the spokesman for the online social directory, Facebook. He is a Phillips Academy (Andover) graduate, and a 2006 Harvard Bachelor of Arts (History and Literature) graduate as well. He purchased a majority stake in The New Republic magazine in 2012, and currently serves as its publisher and editor-in-chief.
- Dustin Moskovitz
22nd May 1984
Gainesville, FLDustin is an Economics major from Harvard University. He was the Vice President, and led the technical staff of the company. He also worked on the internal tools and strategy of the site. He no longer works with Facebook now, and is into his own business venture. He owns more than 130 million Facebook shares, and was ranked by Forbes as the youngest self-made billionaire.
- Eduardo Saverin
13th March 1982
São Paulo, Brazil Eduardo was born in 1984, and owns a little less than 5% of Facebook’s shares. He studied economics, and graduated from Harvard in 2006. Eduardo served as Harvard Investment Association’s President while studying. He was the chief financial officer and business manager of Facebook in its early years. According to Forbes, he has a net worth of $2.2 billion.
Aaron Greenspan, another of Mark’s Harvard classmates, claims it was he who invented the site and came up with the whole idea of enabling online networking. Aaron Greenspan is not the only one who claims to be the original founder of Facebook. A group of students, called ConnectU, had approached Mark in 2003, with intentions of finishing some coding that they needed for their project, also claim and have filed a lawsuit saying they were the ones from whom Mark stole the idea. Aaron had chosen to keep mum on the issue. However, Mark Zuckerberg, Chris Hughes, Dustin Moskovitz, and Eduardo Saverin are the ones who are credited as being the inventors of Facebook.
So, this was about who invented Facebook, and how they ventured into online social networking. Starting with when Facebook was invented — purely as an in-house project meant only for their university, to becoming the multi-billion dollar company that it is today. All in all, it serves as an apt example of how innovative you can be and churn out something big out of a simple notion.
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