“The Facebook” was launched by Mark Zuckerberg in February of 2004. Within the first month of its existence over half of the under graduate at Harvard University had a profile and in 2005 spread nationwide through high schools. Two years after being launched, 2006, membership to Facebook was open to anyone who possessed an email address. Facebook members have the ability to upload photographs into photo albums, interact with other members (new and old friends), and pass messages. In 2007 it is estimated that members spent an average of 20 minutes a day on Facebook. The Facebook continues to maintain and create relations between people from all over.
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Source: Sarah Phillips, “A Brief History of Facebook,” The Guardian, 24 July 2007, http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2007/jul/25/media.newmedia (accessed October 24, 2011).
Source: Nicole Ellison, Charles Steinfield, and Cliff Lampe, “The Benefits of Facebook ‘Friends:’ Social Capital and College Students’ Use of Online Social Network Sites,” http://jcmc.indiana.edu/vol12/issue4/ellison.html, http://jcmc.indiana.edu/vol12/issue4/ellison.html (accessed October 24, 2011).
Image Source: “Kiwi Reveals Facebook Photo Privacy Flaw,” Kiwi Commons, http://kiwicommons.com/index.php?p=4800&tag=kiwi-reveals-facebook-privacy-flaw (accessed September 18, 2011).