The growth story of Social-Networking giant @Facebook !!!


Here is the interesting journey & facts about our beloved facebook featured on crunchbase.com

General Information

Website facebook.com
Blog blog.facebook.com
Twitter @facebook
Category Consumer Web
Employees 1,000
Founded 2/04
Description Social network

Acquisitions

Total $60M
Push Pop Press, 8/11 1
Sofa, 6/11 2
Snaptu, 3/11 3
Beluga, 3/11 4
Rel8tion, 1/11 5
Pursuit, 2011 6
Zenbe, 11/10 7
drop.io, 10/10 8
Nextstop, 9/10 9 $2.5M
Chai Labs, 8/10 10 $10M
ShareGrove, 5/10 11
Divvyshot, 4/10 12
Octazen Solutions, 2/10 13
FriendFeed, 8/09 14 $47.5M
Parakey, 7/07 15

Facebook is the world’s largest social network, with over 500 million users.

Facebook was founded by Mark Zuckerberg in February 2004, initially as an exclusive network for Harvard students. It was a huge hit: in 2 weeks, half of the schools in the Boston area began demanding a Facebook network. Zuckerberg immediately recruited his friends Dustin Moskowitz and Chris Hughes to help build Facebook, and within four months, Facebook added 30 more college networks.

The original idea for the term Facebook came from Zuckerberg’s high school (Phillips Exeter Academy). The Exeter Face Book was passed around to every student as a way for students to get to know their classmates for the following year. It was a physical paper book until Zuckerberg brought it to the internet.

With this success, Zuckerberg, Moskowitz and Hughes moved out to Palo Alto for the summer and rented a sublet. A few weeks later, Zuckerberg ran into the former cofounder of Napster, Sean Parker. Parker soon moved in to Zuckerberg’s apartment and they began working together. Parker provided the introduction to their first investor, Peter Thiel, cofounder of PayPal and managing partner of The Founders Fund. Thiel invested $500,000 into Facebook.

With millions more users, Friendster attempted to acquire the company for $10 million in mid 2004. Facebook turned down the offer and subsequently received $12.7 million in funding from Accel Partners, at a valuation of around $100 million. Facebook continued to grow, opening up to high school students in September 2005 and adding an immensely popular photo sharing feature the next month. The next spring, Facebook received $25 million in funding from Greylock Partners and Meritech Capital, as well as previous investors Accel Partners and Peter Thiel. The pre-money valuation for this deal was about $525 million. Facebook subsequently opened up to work networks, eventually amassing over 20,000 work networks. Finally in September 2006, Facebook opened to anyone with an email address.

In the summer of 2006, Yahoo attempted to acquire the company for $1 billion dollars. Reports actually indicated that Zuckerberg made a verbal agreement to sell Facebook to Yahoo. A few days later when Yahoo’s stock price took a dive, the offer was lowered to $800 million and Zuckerberg walked away from the deal. Yahoo later offered $1 billion again, this time Zuckerberg turned Yahoo down and earned instant notoriety as the “kid” who turned down a billion. This was not the first time Zuckerberg turned down an acquisition offer; Viacom had previously unsuccessfully attempted to acquire the company for $750 million in March, 2006.

One sour note for Facebook has been the controversy with social network ConnectU. The founders of ConnectU, former classmates of Mark Zuckerberg at Harvard, allege that Zuckerberg stole their original source code for Facebook. The ordeal has gone to court, and has now been resolved.

Notwithstanding this lingering controversy, Facebook’s growth in the fall of 2007 was staggering. Over 1 million new users signed up every week, 200,000 daily, totaling over 50 million active users. Facebook received 40 billion page views a month. Long gone were the days of Facebook as a social network for college students. 11% of users are over the age of 35, and the fastest growing demographic is users over 30. Facebook has also seen huge growth internationally; 15% of the user base is in Canada. Facebook users’ passion, or addiction, to the site is unparalleled: more than half use the product every single day and users spend an average of 19 minutes a day on Facebook. Facebook is 6th most trafficked site in the US and top photo sharing site with 4.1 billion photos uploaded.

Based on these types of numbers, Microsoft invested $240 million into Facebook for 1.6 percent of the company in October 2007. This meant a valuation of over $15 billion, making Facebook the 5th most valuable US Internet company, yet with only $150 million in annual revenue. Many explained Microsoft’s decision as being solely driven by the desire to outbid Google.

Facebook’s competitors include MySpace, Bebo, Friendster, LinkedIn, Tagged, Hi5, Piczo, and Open Social.

Milestones

Videos

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Screenshots

Above: Facebook Screenshot — #1
Uploaded: 4/28/09

Products

Facebook Chat
Facebook Connect
Facebook Lite
Facebook Mobile
Facebook News Feed
Facebook Places
Facebook Platform
Facebook Touch
Facebook Zero

Traffic Analytics

Quantcast

Compete

Sources

  1. Facebook Buys Digital Bookmaking Service Push Pop Press (techcrunch.com) []
  2. Facebook Acquires Sofa (madebysofa.com) []
  3. Confirmed: Facebook Acquires Snaptu (For An Estimated $60 – $70 Million) (techcrunch.com) []
  4. techcrunch.com []
  5. All Things D (emoney.allthingsd.com) []
  6. techcrunch.com []
  7. Facebook Buys Yet Another NYC Startup — Why Doesn’t It Just Open An Engineering Office Here Already? (businessinsider.com) []
  8. Facebook Acquires Drop.io, Nabs Sam Lessin (techcrunch.com) []
  9. Facebook Acquires Social Travel Recommendation Site Nextstop (techcrunch.com) []
  10. Facebook Makes Another ‘Acq-Hire’ Chai Labs; Deal Estimated At $10 Million (paidcontent.org) []
  11. mashable.com []
  12. Facebook Acquires Divvyshot to Improve Facebook Photos (techcrunch.com) []
  13. techcrunch.com []
  14. Facebook Acquires FriendFeed (techcrunch.com) []
  15. techcrunch.com []
  16. fbFund (marlenevergaraborquez.com) [edit]
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  19. Jim Breyer: Extra $500 Million Round For Facebook A “Total Fiction” (techcrunch.com) []
  20. Facebook Funding (facebook.com) []
  21. Liveblogging Press Conference (techcrunch.com) []
  22. Facebook gets $60M from Hong Kong billionaire Li Ka-shing (venturebeat.com) []
  23. techcrunch.com []
  24. Updated: Facebook Investor Li Ka-Shing Upping Stake To $120 Million: Report (paidcontent.org) []
  25. businessweek.com []
  26. Facebook Takes That $200 Million Investment From The Russians At A $10 Billion Valuation. (techcrunch.com) []
  27. Elevation Invests Another $120 Million in Facebook as that IPO Looks More Distant (techcrunch.com) []
  28. Facebook Raises $1.5 Billion (prnewswire.com) []
  29. Facebook adds comments to the Mini-Feed. It’s like FriendFeed is looking in the mirror (venturebeat.com) []
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  31. The fbFund Gives Out Cash To 25 Facebook Developers (techcrunch.com) []
  32. Facebook Movie Poster Announces 500 Million Facebook Users Before Facebook Does (techcrunch.com) []
  33. By the way, Facebook for iPhone has 57.8 million monthly active users. (Versus 8,810 for the Microsoft Kin.) (businessinsider.com) []
  34. Zuckerberg Makes It Official: Facebook Hits 500 Million Members (techcrunch.com) []
  35. Facebook To Begin Giving Y Combinator Startups VIP Treatment (techcrunch.com) []
  36. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg Donates $100 Million To Fix Newark New Jersey Public Schools (businessinsider.com) []
  37. Facebook, KPCB Announce $250 Million Social Networking Fund (businessinsider.com) []
  38. 200 Million People Use Facebook Mobile – Up 3X From Last Year (businessinsider.com) []
  39. Facebook Acquired FB.com From The American Farm Bureau To Use Internally (techcrunch.com) []
  40. Facebook Connect: 250 million monthly users, adding 10,000 sites every day (bgr.com) []
  41. Facebook Shares Hit $28.26 Per Share, That’s a $70+ Billion Valuation (techcrunch.com) []
  42. Facebook Users Uploaded A Record 750 Million Photos Over New Year’s (techcrunch.com) []
  43. Facebook Considering A Leaseback Deal Worth As Much As $420 Million For New HQ (techcrunch.com) []
  44. Facebook Teams With Snaptu To Launch Rich App For Feature Phones (techcrunch.com) []
  45. Kevin Rose Invests In Facebook On SecondMarket (techcrunch.com) []
  46. Wow. Just… Wow: Facebook Hits Record $75 Billion Valuation On SecondMarket (techcrunch.com) []
  47. Facebook Now Has 250 Million Mobile Users (techcrunch.com) []
  48. Facebook Buys Sofa, A Software Design Team That Will Help Make Facebook More Beautiful (techcrunch.com) []
  49. Zuck Confirms That Facebook Now Has 750 Million Active Users (techcrunch.com) []
  50. GSV Capital Buys Facebook Stock At $70 Billion Valuation; Its Own Stock Pops 21 Percent (techcrunch.com) []

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WordPress widget for Publicizing Blog Posts on facebook/Twitter is just a click away.


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WordPress has introduced this wonderful feature that enables blogger’s posts/articles to get published on Facebook & Twitter  automatically….

The idea of self-publishing itself is just amazing. In today’s SEO centric Internet arena,  this widget is goig t make the life of a blogger fetch some relief.

http://en.blog.wordpress.com/2011/08/08/now-publicize-to-facebook-pages

How does it work  huhh ??

Facebook @ Mobile

Go to your wp BLOG’s  dashboard, Settings, and Sharing you’ll see Publicize. Once you set it up, Publicize works automatically.

You can customize the message that gets sent out on the Post page.

See http://en.support.wordpress.com/publicize/

I came across wish list of a WordPress user (Salil Lawande), who is seeking wp team to introduce below mentioned widgets.

Wishlist:
> Ability to tag media in the Media Library
> Albums functionality (or something close to what Picasa Web Albums)
> Sorting by month, year, title
> A graphical/visual approach to managing & deploying media (drag & drop)

Happy Blogging.

Go Blogger Go.

You Call That a Handshake? from an Observer’s point of view


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Body language is fascinating to me. I often rely more on a person’s body language than their words. One of my favourite past times is people watching. I can happily spend an hour or two sitting in a cafe or bar and watching people interact with each other. I wouldn’t call myself a voyeur, but I’m definitely an observer. One thing I notice most about people is the way in which they greet one another or more importantly meet.

Through out my career I’ve shaken a lot of hands. Maybe not as many as your average politician but a lot of hands. Some hands I liked and some I didn’t – but I shook them anyway. A handshake says a lot about a person, their personality and the way in which they view you and potentially the dynamics of the relationship they intend to form with you.

There a lot of variables to consider when you’re weighing up a handshake but are three major elements that I take note of when I first meet someone.

Read more…………

You Call That a Handshake?.

Why your company hates social networks – Is it Bad or Good?


Are you facing the same scenario at your workplace?
Here is why…….

It may be the latter-day media darling, but microblogging service Twitter is getting locked out of corporate networks just like Facebook, MySpace and LinkedIn before it.

Survey of Reasons for Blocking Social Netwworking sites

Survey of Reasons for Blocking Social Netwworking sites

A survey of 709 system administrators released today by the internet security company Sophos shows that 54% of companies are blocking their employees’ access to these top four social networks, with workplace slacking and the security of company data top of the heap of concerns. More detailed results are in the graph above. The poll also revealed that some 63% of administrators fear people share too much company information on social sites. Half of the polled companies reported their networks had been subject to spamming or phishing attacks via social network sites.

Facebook remains the biggest social network risk to companies, says Sophos chief security expert Graham Cluley, due to its popularity. The site has a user base three times the size of the UK population – at around 200 million users – and where people go, criminals always follow.

But with TV megastar Oprah Winfrey joining the ranks of the tweeters lately, supposedly inspiring a million more to join, Twitter is the latest network to go bigtime. “Twitter is something fairly new and there are some companies without a definite policy on it yet,” says Cluley. But that won’t last long.

Twitter suffered its first major attack earlier this month when the Mikeyy worm spread thousands of spam tweets across the network. Although that worm has been put out of action, Cluley says Twitter remains vulnerable to similar attacks.

The social network is also unpopular with network administrators because the 140 character message limit means users typically send out shortened web addresses using services like TinyURL that hide the site a person is being directed to when they click a link.

Some third party Twitter clients – eg TwitterFox – make it possible to see where such links truly go, as does the Twitter search results page. But on the whole, most users are browsing blind.

There’s a form of ‘client blindness’ too: I think the large number of packages you can use with Twitter can lead to confusion amongst users – especially new ones. When you switch between different clients it’s not always clear whether you’ve directed a message to one person, or the whole world. Indeed, Cluley cites the case of a friend who accidentally sent his birth date to the whole Twitterverse.

Unless Twitter ups its security act, the proportion of firms blocking it isn’t going to change any time soon.

by Paul Marks, technology correspondent


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