Happy Birthday Facebook! How the platform that revolutionized the digital age has changed

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16 years ago, the internet underwent a fundamental change, a real revolution as scholars would define it; when Mark Zuckerberg and some of his college friends decided to launch their Facebook app.

Originally called TheFacebook, the social network boasts today with over 2.5 billion people signing up each month to check status updates and share images.

When did Facebook start?

Zuckerberg started Facebook when he was a student at Harvard, along with some friends, Eduardo Saverin, Andrew McCollum, Dustin Moskovitz and Chris Hughes. This project was launched and made public on February 4, 2004.

Initially, access to the site was restricted to Harvard students only, although its popularity was slowly showing that it was extended to other university students across the US and Canada by March 2004.

Zuckerberg quickly left Harvard and moved to Palo Alto, California, to work with Facebook full-time.

Timeline is one of the main features of Facebook as an application and has since been copied from other social platforms.

The first indicator of this was the '' News Feed '' in 2006, which was personalized for each user.

Facebook would invent the "like" button in February 2009. This allowed people to like, express sympathy or approve of someone's message or photo post.

For years, Facebook users even demanded a button to express dislikes, disapproval. The platform launched several buttons in 2016, which in a nutshell express "reactions" such as: love, laughter, sadness, anger and surprise.

Happy Birthday Facebook! How has the platform changed that revolutionized the digital age 1

Facebook has acquired about 77 companies since 2004, but it was Instagram and WhatsApp acquisitions that would stand out.

Recently, it is rumored that Facebook is planning to integrate the messaging aspects of its special apps, Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp and Instagram. Applications will continue to work on their own, but you will be allowed to send encrypted messages directly to people on different platforms, ie. someone on WhatsApp can send a message to someone on Instagram without having to change the app.

Despite all the problems the platform has faced, it is constantly growing, with billions of people around the world using Facebook for news, connecting and communicating with friends and family, sharing pictures and chatting online.

With a large base of loyal users and little competition from others outside of the Facebook brand family, Zuckerberg's platform continues to be the leader in the new and unexplored world of a society where social media 'reigns'.

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