Facebook was originally created for college students attending the prestigious Harvard University by it’s founder Mark Zuckerberg. The intention was for college students at Harvard to communicate and interact socially via the Internet. No sooner than the website was created, it was apparent that “thefacebook.com” as it was first named, was bigger than Mark Zuckerberg imagined.
In it’s early days, the site forced it’s own expansion as more and more students joined “Thefacebook”. Soon the site was not just available to students at Harvard. It was made available to all ivy league schools, and quickly spread to most universities in the United States and Canada. After dropping The from the company’s name, Facebook later expanded to high school students, then to several companies such as Apple and Microsoft and eventually became available to anyone 13 years of age and older with an email address. So began the free-for-all.
At present day, Facebook is light years away form the original idea of just socialization between college friends to an indefinable daily growing idea. I myself am a member of Facebook. Not only do I casually interact with friends on Facebook but I can share my ideas, buy and sell, find a date…well maybe not. But I can’t think of too many things I couldn’t do on Facebook if I wanted to. I have family that resides all around the world. From Europe to Africa, and all over the United States. I have not seen my cousin that lives in Africa since I was 9 (I’m now 28), but I chat with him periodically through Facebook. I see his pictures, I know what he’s doing on a daily bases and who he’s dating. I no longer have to purchase expensive games because I can play them on Facebook. I can play traditional games like Monopoly or be a guest on popular television shows like Family Feud. I can even be in a sorority or be a farmer and farm all day at work while I’m supposed to be doing reports. The gaming network on Facebook is so big that there have been many published articles and news stories regarding the termination of employees, in most cases for farming on company time.
A little company once created to interact and socialize is now, creating unemployment, ending relationships, enabling stalkers and giving the attention deprived a place to scream out loud. What’s next? Will Facebook soon be used to cast ballots for presidential elections, track Osama Bin Laden or to see what Kim Jong Il is up to these days? Who knows? Either way I will be front and center and going along for the ride.
Wikipedia “History of Facebook” en.wikipedia.org