Facebook turns 7

4 Feb 2011

Seven years ago today, Harvard University computer science students and roommates Mark Zuckerberg, Eduardo Saverin, Dustin Moskovitz and Chris Hughes launched what has become the world’s most popular social network, Facebook.

Zuckerberg, according to his roommate at the time, Arie Hasit, “built the site for fun.”

By 2007, major corporations had expressed interest in buying out Facebook, but Zuckerberg turned them down.

“It’s not because of the amount of money,” said Zuckerberg, who was named Time magazine’s Person of the Year in 2010. “For me and my colleagues, the most important thing is that we create an open information flow for people. Having media corporations owned by conglomerates is just not an attractive idea to me.”

Facebook has revolutionised the way people connect. The website now has almost 600m users worldwide who spend more than 700m minutes per month on the site. More than 200m users access Facebook via their mobile phones.