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What is Facebook

Facebook is a social networking website to get connected with our friends and family. Facebook allows us to create profiles, send messages, and upload videos and photos. We can do only this if we are registered on Facebook. By using Facebook, we can keep in touch with our family, friends, and colleagues. We can do the following things on Facebook:

  1. We can establish our Timeline on Facebook. Timeline is an ongoing history of our life.
  2. We can connect our timeline to the timeline of our family, friends, and relative.
  3. We can communicate with our friends.
  4. We can share our thoughts.
  5. We can also share our pictures.
  6. We can plan the events on Facebook.
  7. We can join the groups to get more knowledge.
  8. We can also promote a cause or business.

Facebook was founded by Mark Zuckerberg, Dustin Moskovitz, Eduardo Saverin, and Chris Hughes in 2004. In 2004, all these inventors were students and studying at Harvard University. There is a total of 2.50 billion monthly active users as of December 2019. Facebook opened to everyone by September 2006 with an email address, and the user age should be 18 or older. There is a total of 37 different languages available on Facebook with the following features:

  • We can manage our friend list and can choose privacy settings for who can see content on our Facebook profile.
  • We can upload photos and maintain photo albums. It can be shared with our friends on Facebook.
  • The interactive online chat is supported by Facebook.
  • We can comment on our friend's profile pages to keep in touch, to say "hi or share information".
  • Businesses use Facebook as a vehicle for social media marketing because it supports business pages, fan pages, and group pages.
  • Facebook has a developer network that delivers monetization and advanced functionality options.
  • Facebook allows us to stream video live using Facebook Live.

Facebook acquired 82 companies, including Instagram and WhatsApp. Instagram was launched on 6 October 2010 by Kevin Systorm. After seeing the success of Instagram, Facebook bought it in 2012 for $1bn (74,66,00,00,000.00 Indian Rupee). The client application of WhatsApp was acquired by Facebook in 2014 for 19 billion US dollars.

The basic no-frills profile on Facebook includes the following:

  • A place for a profile picture
  • Contact information and "About You" space
  • The Wall
    A place where friends can publicly post comments for us.
  • Status update
    Where we can tell our friends how we are or what we are doing.
  • News Feed
    Regularly updated information about our friends, groups they've joined, applications, or friends they have added, changes to their profiles.
  • A space for uploading photos and videos.

Below is a table showing all the companies acquired by Facebook, their location, acquired date, cost, etc.

Number Company Location Acquired on Acquired for (US $)
1 facebook.com domain name USA, Boston, Massachusetts 23 August 2005 200,000
2 ParaKey USA, Mountain View, California 19 July 2007 -
3 ConnectU USA, Cambridge, Massachusetts 23 June 2008 31,000,000
4 FriendFeed USA, Mountain View, California 10 August 2009 47,500,000
5 Octazen Malaysia, Taman Melawati, Kuala Lumpur 19 February 2010 -
6 Divvyshot USA, San Francisco, California 2 March 2010 -
7 Friendster patents USA, Mountain View, California / Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur 13 May 2010 40,000,000
8 ShareGrove USA, San Mateo, California 26 May 2010 -
9 Zenbe USA, New York, NY, New York 6 July 2010 -
10 Nextstop USA, San Francisco, California 8 July 2010 2,500,000
11 Chai Labs USA, Mountain View, California 15 August 2010 10,000,000
12 Hot Potato USA, Brooklyn, New York 20 August 2010 ~10,000,000
13 Drop.io USA, Dumbo, Brooklyn, New York 29 October 2010 ~10,000,000
14 FB.com domain name The USA, Washington, DC. 15 November 2010 8,500,000
15 Rel8tion The USA, Seattle, Washington 25 January 2011 Undisclosed
16 Beluga The USA, Palo Alto, California 2 March 2011 Undisclosed
17 Snaptu Israel, Tel Aviv 20 March 2011 70,000,000
18 RecRec USA, San Francisco, California 24 March 2011 Undisclosed
19 DayTum USA, SoHo, New York City 27 April 2011 Undisclosed
20 Sofa Netherlands, Amsterdam 9 June 2011 Undisclosed
21 MailRank USA, New York, New York 9 June 2011 Undisclosed
22 Push Pop Press USA, San Francisco, California 2 August 2011 Undisclosed
23 Friend.ly USA, Mountain View, California 10 October 2011 Undisclosed
24 Strobe USA, San Francisco, California 8 November 2011 Undisclosed
25 Gowalla USA, Austin, Texas 2 December 2011 -
26 Caffeinatedmind USA, California 20 February 2012 -
27 Instagram USA, San Francisco, California 9 April 2012 1,000,000,000
28 Tagtile USA, San Francisco, California 13 April 2012 Undisclosed
29 Glancee USA, San Francisco, California 5 May 2012 Undisclosed
30 Lightbox.com UK, London, England 15 May 2012 Undisclosed
31 Karma USA, San Francisco, California 21 May 2012 Undisclosed
32 Face.com Israel, Tel Aviv 18 June 2012 100,000,000
33 Spool USA, San Francisco, California 14 July 2012 Undisclosed
34 Acrylic Software Canada, Vancouver, British Columbia 20 July 2012 Undisclosed
35 Threadsy USA, San Francisco, California 24 August 2012 Undisclosed
36 Atlas Solutions USA, Seattle, Washington 28 February 2013 <100,000,000
37 Osmeta USA, Mountain View, CA March 2013 -
38 Storylane (Mixtent) USA, Palo Alto, CA March 2013 -
39 Hot Studio USA, New York, New York, San Francisco, California 14 March 2013 -
40 Spaceport USA, Burlingame, California 23 April 2013 -
41 Parse USA, San Francisco, California 25 April 2013 85,000,000
42 Monoidics UK, London, England 18 July 2013 -
43 Jibbigo USA, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 12 August 2013 -
44 Onavo Israel, Tel Aviv 13 October 2013 -
45 SportStream USA, San Francisco, California 17 December 2013 -
46 Little Eye Labs India, Bengaluru, Karnataka 8 January 2014 15,000,000
47 Branch USA, New York, New York 13 January 2014 15,000,000
48 WhatsApp USA, Mountain View, California 19 February 2014 19,000,000,000
49 Oculus VR USA, Irvine, California 25 March 2014 2,000,000,000
50 Ascenta UK, Somerset, England 27 March 2014 20,000,000
51 ProtoGeo Oy Finland, Helsinki 24 April 2014 Undisclosed
52 PrivateCore USA, Palo Alto, California 7 August 2014 Undisclosed
53 LiveRail USA, San Francisco, California 14 August 2014 400,000,000 - 500,000,000
54 WaveGroup Sound USA, Burlingame, California 26 August 2014 Undisclosed
55 Wit.ai USA, Palo Alto, California 6 January 2015 Undisclosed
56 Quickfire Networks USA, San Diego, California 8 January 2015 Undisclosed
57 TheFind, Inc. USA, Mountain View, California 14 March 2015 Undisclosed
58 Surreal Vision UK, London, England 26 May 2015 Undisclosed
59 Endaga US, Oakland, California 3 October 2015 Undisclosed
60 Pebbles Israel, Kfar Saba 16 July 2015 60,000,000
61 MSQRD (Masquerade) Belarus, Minsk 9 March 2016 Undisclosed
62 Two Big Ears UK, Scotland 23 May 2016 Undisclosed
63 Nascent Objects US, California 19 September 2016 Undisclosed
64 Infiniled Ireland, Cork 10 October 2016 Undisclosed
65 CrowdTangle USA 11 November 2016 Undisclosed
66 Faciometrics USA, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 16 November 2016 Undisclosed
67 Zurich Eye Switzerland November 2016 Undisclosed
68 Ozlo USA, Palo Alto, California 31 July 2017 Undisclosed
69 Fayteq AG Germany August 2017 Undisclosed
70 tbh USA, Oakland, California 16 October 2017 Undisclosed
71 Confirm USA, Boston, Massachusetts 23 January 2018 Undisclosed
72 Bloomsbury AI UK?London July 2018 30,000,000
73 Redkix Israel, Tel Aviv 26 July 2018 100,000,000
74 Vidpresso USA, Ogden, Utah 13 August 2018 Undisclosed
75 Dreambit Israel November 2018 Undisclosed
76 Chainspace UK, London February 2019 -
77 GrokStyle USA, San Francisco, California 8 February 2019 Undisclosed
78 Servicefriend Israel, Tel Aviv September 2019 Undisclosed
79 CTRL-labs USA, New York City, New York September 2019 undisclosed, but reportedly between $500 million and $1 billion
80 Packagd USA, San Francisco, California September 2019 Undisclosed
81 Beat Games Czech Republic, Prague November 2019 Undisclosed
82 PlayGiga Spain, Madrid December 2019 70,000,000
83 Sanzaru Games USA, Foster City, California February 2020 Undisclosed
84 Giphy USA, San Francisco, New York 15 May 2020 400,000,000
85 Mapillary Sweden, Malmö 18 June 2020 -
86 Ready at Dawn USA, Irvine, California 22 June 2020 Undisclosed

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