Topics: Facebook, Social network service, Twitter Pages: 4 (1292 words) Published: January 28, 2013
History of Facebook

Facemash is the Facebook’s predecessor opened on October 28, 2003. Initially, the website was invented by a Harvard student, Mark Zuckerberg, and three of his classmates Eduardo Saverin, Chris Hughes and Dustin Moskovitz. The website was originally called 'Facemash'. Mark Zuckerberg wrote the software for the Facemash website when he was in his second year of university. The website, was inspired by Zuckerberg’s sense of humor and was set as a type of “hot or not” game for Harvard students. The website allowed visitors to compare two student pictures side-by-side and let them choose who was “hot” and who was “not”. In January 2004, in the following semester at Harvard University, Mark Zuckerberg began writing computer codes for a new website, known as 'thefacebook'. He said in an editorial, The Harvard Crimson, that he was inspired to make Facebook from the incident of Facemash. He said to the editorial, "It is clear that the technology needed to create a centralized Website is readily available the benefits are many. On February 4, 2004, Zuckerberg launched "Thefacebook", originally located at thefacebook.com.[ On October 1, 2005, Facebook expanded to twenty-one universities in the United Kingdom. Facebook later expanded membership eligibility to employees of several companies, including Apple Inc. and Microsoft. Facebook was then opened on September 26, 2006 to everyone ages 13 and older with a valid e-mail address.

History of Friendster

Friendster was founded by computer programmer Jonathan Abrams in 2002 before the creation, launch and adoption of MySpace (2003),Facebook (2004), and others. The name Friendster is a portmanteau of "friend" and Napster. Napster at the time was a controversial peer-to-peer file sharing Internet service that was launched in 1999; by 2000, "Napster" was practically a household word, thanks to several...
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