From A Harvard Dorm To 2.7 Bn Users: A Look At Facebook's 15-Year Journey
Back To The Start
But despite the battles, co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg, said he sees the network as a largely "positive" force for society.
In a post on the Facebook's 15th birthday, Zuckerberg shared the journey from his college dorm to present day. "It took about four years for 100 million people to connect, and less than a decade for 1 billion people to connect. Today, about 2.7 billion people are connected using the service," he elaborated.
Here's a look at the journey of what has now become the world's biggest social network.
2004 - 2005
It all began with 'The Wall' - a place for users to post messages to their friends. And as the site's popularity grew, it introduced the 'Photos' feature a year later, giving users the option to add and share moments with their friends.
2006 - 2007
In 2007, Pages were introduced to give people a way to connect to the things they're interested in.
2009 - 2010
On the global front, the social network introduced the Groups feature to help people build communities. It also introduced the 'Like' button in the same year.
The Safety Check feature was also introduced this year. During the Great East Japan Earthquake, a Japanese Facebook engineer saw what was happening and wanted to find a way to help - hence giving birth to the idea for the feature.
By this time, over 1 billion people were connecting through Facebook every month.
And to make it easier for its users to connect on the go, facebook introduced 'Messenger' - a standalone chatting app.
However, even though he said the idea was aimed at a greater good and not for earning profits, the world - that had fallen in love Facebook - didn't agree with his second idea, saying it ran counter to net neutrality.
But despite making Internet.org among his top priorities for nearly three years, complete with advertisements, videos, and time - ranging from forums at the Mobile World Congress to visits to India and Africa, and even appearing before the UN General Assembly - Zuckerberg didn't manage to convince the world. Facebook eventually changed the app’s name to Free Basics, but it was more than a name game, and not much came out of that either.
2014 - 2016
2016 was the year Facebook went beyond its popular 'Like' feature, and cashed in on the growing emoji trend, with the introduction of 'Reactions'. The new feature gave users more ways to show how they felt about about posts.As the community grew, it went from being just a place to connect to being a place of business with 'Marketplace'. The feature allowed users to buy and sell products on the site. In a bid to capture a more diverse market, Facebook also launched 'Fundraisers' - a means to let people raise money for causes they care about.
2017 - 2018
Also understanding the growing demand for video content, Facebook introduced 'Watch' - a feature dedicated solely to videos.
By 2018, it had joined Google and Apple in the hardware race with the launch of Portal - a smart display designed primarily for video calling.