Facebook is one of the top of social networking sites on the Internet.
The site was founded by a Harvard University student named Mark Zuckerberg who began the site as a way for students at the university to network with each other. This limited social networking site eventually expanded to include campuses in the Boston area.
Soon even that was not enough.
Facebook became the number one tool for social networking on college campuses. After seeing much success, the owner of Facebook opened the site up to high school students and then eventually to anyone who is over the age of 13.
Since 2004, Facebook has grown to include more than 200 million active users. These users are located throughout the United States and worldwide. The main appeal of the website is that people can search for their friends, coworkers, and family members and as them as friends. People can also search for new friends according to what networks they belong to. Networks can include colleges, high schools, places of business, and geographical locations.
Users of Facebook have a number of options to communicate with their list of friends. In a similar way to Twitter, Facebook users can update their status and let their friends know what they are up to. Friends can also communicate public messages on another user’s wall. Private messages are sent to the user’s on site inbox.
A surge in the number of affiliated applications have also provided additional ways to communicate between friends. These applications are used for giving virtual gifts, displaying favorite sports teams or televisions shows, and sharing other fun information.
Facebook also has a number of features that allows for a more business approach to using the social networking site. The Notes section of Facebook allows people to write open messages for all of their friends to see. The Notes section also provides a way to share updates from any RSS feed from a blog.
The marketplace on Facebook works similarly to Craigslist. Users can post an ad to sell a product or service, buy a product or service, and announce events. The the option to create groups is another way for users to create a buzz for a brand, promote a business, or just meet people with similar interests.
Facebook does also have its share of drawbacks. The site has experienced privacy issues in the past. The website has also been used by businesses to discover more about potential employees, which has led to many people being turned down for jobs because of the content on their Facebook page. But with additions to the choice of privacy settings, Facebook has continued to evolve to meet the needs of all its users.
Even with the problems that can occur with a Facebook account, millions of people have successfully used the site to connect with friends, far away family members, and even new customers for business.
As the site continues to grow, users are constantly finding better ways to utilize this remarkable social networking tool.