Facebook was not originally created to be a company. It was built to accomplish a social mission - to make the world more open and connected.

–Mark Zuckerberg, founder of Facebook

 

Today, ten years ago, Facebook opened to everyone aged 13 or older. Facebook has changed the world, as we know it today. It has played a huge role in not only connecting the world, but also increasing political participation, awareness, allowing people to run businesses from their homes. In October 1, 2005, Facebook expanded to twenty-one universities in the United Kingdom and others around the world. On December 11, 2005, universities in Australia and New Zealand were added to the Facebook network, bringing its size to 2,000+ colleges and 25,000 + high schools throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, and Ireland. Facebook was then opened on September 26, 2006 to everyone aged 13 and older with a valid e-mail address. Late in 2007, Facebook had 100,000 business pages, allowing companies to attract potential customers and tell about themselves. The short history of Facebook is remarkable in itself. Many divide history as pre-Facebook and post-Facebook, indicating the impact it has had on socio economic indicators.