Facebook, an American company offering online social networking services. Facebook was founded in 2004 by Mark Zuckerberg, Eduardo Saverin, Dustin Moskovitz, and Chris Hughes, all of whom were students at Harvard University. Facebook became the largest social network in the world, with more than one billion users as of 2012, and about half that number were using Facebook every day. The company’s headquarters are in Menlo Park, California.
People all over the world use Facebook to stay connected with friends and family, to discover what’s going on in the world, and to share what matters to them.
Facebook allows you to send messages and post status updates to keep in touch with friends and family. You can also share different types of content, like photos and links. But sharing something on Facebook is a bit different from other types of online communication. Unlike email or instant messaging, which are relatively private, the things you share on Facebook are more public, which means they’ll usually be seen by many other people.
While Facebook offers privacy tools to help you limit who can see the things you share, it’s important to understand that Facebook is designed to be more open and social than traditional communication tools. We’ll talk more about sharing and controlling your privacy in our lessons on Facebook privacy and adjusting privacy settings.