In celebration of the upcoming release of David Fincher's "The Social Network", a movie chronicling the struggles and successes of the world's most popular social networking site - Facebook, TechPinas shares screencaps of the site's Login Page through the years, showing its development in-line with Facebook's growth.
On February 4, 2004, Mark Zuckerberg - a Harvard student - launched "Thefacebook", originally located at thefacebook.com as a website where he and his classmates could share school notes. Membership on Facebook was initially restricted to students of Harvard College but inevitably expanded to Stanford, Columbia, and Yale after barely a month of the site's online existence. Eventually, students from other Ivy League universities and most universities in Canada and the US joined Facebook and greatly contributed to making the social networking site a smashing success in the Academe. In June 2004, Facebook moved its base of operations to Palo Alto, California.
In September 2005, Mark Zuckenberg opened Facebook membership to high school students and called it the 'next logical step.' Later that year, Facebook expanded membership eligibility to employees of several companies, including Microsoft and Apple Inc.
In 2006, Facebook registered an estimated revenue of $52 Million.
On October 24, 2007, Microsoft purchased 1.6% share of Facebook for $240 million -- implying that the social networking site's already valued at $15 billion.
The revamped look of 2008 Facebook Login Page reflects the significant redesign of the site's overall user interface. "Facebook Beta" gave rise to The Mini-Feed, Tabbed Profiles and Wall -- new features that are integral to Facebook's efforts to create a "cleaner" interface.
In 2009, the New Oxford American Dictionary chose the word "unfriend" as its
Word of Year. According to New Oxford, "unfriend" is a verb that means "To remove someone as a "friend" on a social networking site such as Facebook."
As of February 2010, via millions of Filipinos' active membership on Facebook, the Philippines leads Asia Pacific Region in Engagement in Social Networking Websites; Facebook registers a 90.2% reach in the country.
Facebook has become the Philippines' most popular website with a penetration rate of 93.9% -- effectively beating Google. On the other side of the world, on February 22, 2011, an Egyptian baby was named "Facebook" commemorating the vital role Facebook in Egypt's revolution.