Facebook turns 6

Facebook Birthday

Personally, I no longer use Facebook because of its move to being the new MySpace but for those that are hardcore Facebook users, wish your beloved site a “Happy 6th Birthday!”

February 4 marks Facebook’s birthday!

Facebook was launched six years ago, on February 4, 2004 by a group of students at Harvard University.

Before Facebook came ‘Facemash,’ a Harvard version of ‘HotOrNot.com’ that Mark Zuckerberg, currently Facebook’s CEO, created while blogging one night. He wrote leading up to the creation of Facemash,

I’m a little intoxicated, not gonna lie. So what if it’s not even 10 p.m. and it’s a Tuesday night? What? The Kirkland [dorm] facebook is open on my desktop and some of these people have pretty horrendous facebook pics. I almost want to put some of these faces next to pictures of farm animals and have people vote on which is more attractive.
–9:48 pm–Yea, it’s on. I’m not exactly sure how the farm animals are going to fit into this whole thing (you can’t really ever be sure with farm animals…), but I like the idea of comparing two people together.
–11:09 pm

Let the hacking begin.
–12:58 am

 ‘TheFacebook.com‘ came next, opening to a limited pool of college students. The site eventually evolved into ‘Facebook.com,’ and was opened up to anyone, anywhere.

Read what Facebook has to say–in its own words–on the official Facebook blog. See more about Facebook, including how it has been used, why it has been in the news, and how it has grown, on our Facebook Big News page.