When did Facebook first launch?

The story of Facebook’s inception is the stuff of legend, having been popularised by the movie ‘the social network’ in 2010.

The very first version of Facebook was launched in February 2004, with the slight different name ‘Thefacebook’.

It was originally designed as a platform for students from Harvard University to connect with each other. The idea was infamously developed from ‘FaceMash’ – Zuckerberg’s DIY platform allowing users to rate the attractiveness of female students at Harvard.

Was Facebook the first social network?

The average person in the street might possibly quote ‘Facebook’ if asked about the first social network. In fact, there were others, of varying popularity.

Timeline of social network releases

Six Degrees – May 1996

The Unabridged History of Social Media

Friends Reunited – June 2000

Friends Reunited - Wikipedia

myspace – August 2003

Rock the Vote, MySpace start competition | Reuters.com

Facebook – February 2004

Eric's Ad Blog: A mobile Facebook

YouTube – February 2005 (yes, this isn’t a social network, but it is interesting for context)

YouTube History: How the Video-Sharing Website Became so Popular

LinkedIn – May 2005

What Happens When Your LinkedIn post goes viral! | KAY SINGH

Bebo – July 2005

Amazon's video game site Twitch buys 'abandoned' social network Bebo for  $25million | Daily Mail Online

Twitter – July 2006

Twitter interface November 2006

Instagram – October 2010

Instagram for Android now available - The Verge

Google+ – June 2011

Google+ Refresh: Just Like Facebook, It's All About the Apps | WIRED