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Timeline of Facebook

  • 2004 - 2006
  • Creation
    February 2004

    Zuckerberg launches Facebook as a Harvard-only social network.

  • Funding
    June 2004

    Facebook receives its first investment from Peter Thiel for US$500,000

  • Product
    October 2005

    Facebook launches its photos feature with no restrictions on storage (but without the ability to tag friends)

  • Product
    September 2006

    Facebook launches News Feed. The original news feed is an algorithmically generated and constantly refreshing summary of updates about the activities of one's friends. The concept is relatively new at the time, with Twitter having launched only a few months in advance.

  • Product
    November 2007

    Facebook launches Facebook Beacon with 44 partner sites at the time of launch. Beacon is part of Facebook's advertisement system that sent data from external websites to Facebook, for the purpose of allowing targeted advertisements and allowing users to share their activities with their friends. Certain activities on partner sites were published to a user's News Feed. On the Same day, Facebook launches Facebook Pages

  • 2007-2014
  • Financial/legal
    June 2008

    Facebook settles both lawsuits, ConnectU vs Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg et al. and intellectual property theft, Wayne Chang et al. over The Winklevoss Chang Group's Social Butterfly project. The settlement effectively had Facebook acquiring ConnectU for $20 million in cash and over $1.2 million in shares, valued at $45 million based on $15 billion company valuation

  • Product
    September 2009

    Facebook announces a feature whereby people can @-tag friends in their status updates and comments

  • Popular culture
    October 2010

    The Social Network, a film about the beginnings of Facebook directed by David Fincher is released. The film is met with widespread critical acclaim as well as commercial success; however, Mark Zuckerberg says that the film is a largely inaccurate account of what happened

  • Product (mobile-only)
    January 2014

    On January 30, Facebook announces Facebook Paper , a separate iOS app that provides a newspaper-like or magazine-like experience for reading on the phone, scheduled for launch on February 3. Facebook also announces Facebook Creative Labs, an intra-company effort to have separate teams working on separate mobile apps that specialize in different facets related to the Facebook experience, rather than trying to make changes to Facebook's main web version, mobile version, or its iOS and Android apps, and says that Facebook Paper is the first product of Facebook Creative Labs. Facebook Paper receives mixed reviews, and some commentators note its similarity with Flipboard

  • 2015
  • Open sourcing
    March 2015

    Facebook releases its React native framework for building native apps as open source. This is announced on the second day of the F8 conference.

  • Userbase
    August 2015

    Facebook announces that it has hit the milestone of 1 billion users accessing it on a single day