Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Facebook: From College Dorm to Global Network

By Brian Quinn

Facebook is a social networking website that allows people to connect and stay in touch with other people. Facebook communication can be done through the written word, photos and video. Facebook headquarters is located in Menlo Park, California. As of March 2015, Facebook has 1.44 billion users around the world. 

All a Facebook user needs is access to the internet. Access can be done with a computer, smart phone or even a game system. People can connect to all of their friends no matter where they are. They can see what their friends are up to any time. College students can stay in touch with the people from high school that they no longer see or cannot see because they are at different colleges. Fans are able to stay connected to their favorite sports teams. Users can also connect with their favorite companies to know what they are doing. Users get to see the latest trending videos or sport highlights. Perhaps, most important of all, family members can stay in touch no matter where they are located. People are able to see the photos of family and friends on vacation. They can see the places that people have logged from. They can also see what their friends are into.

In February 2004 Mark Zuckerberg, with the help of his college roommates at Harvard University, created Facebook. There are many different theories about why they created Facebook. Some say it was so they could meet girls. Some said it was for the money. But Zuckerberg himself said, “When I made Facebook two years ago my goal was to help people understand what was going on in their world a little better. I wanted to create an environment where people could share whatever information they wanted, but also have control over whom they shared that information with. I think a lot of the success we've seen is because of these basic principles.” (Gerber 1) 

Facebook was a website at first just for Harvard students, and later it expanded to other colleges. Facebook gave access to high school students in 2005. In 2006, Facebook agreed to allow anyone 13 years or older to have an account. Today many college students have joined not only Facebook but several other social media platforms, such as Instagram and Twitter.

Facebook contributes a great value to society. It unites people from around the world. It allows family members and friends to stay in touch despite long distances or busy schedules. A value cannot be put on bringing people closer together. It is useful to businesses and other organizations. It allows them to communicate, network and market to their customers and other businesses. Customers who may feel uncomfortable talking in person can ask their questions on Facebook and the businesses can answer the question that they receive anytime. The business and the customer do not have to find a mutually convenient time that the both of them can be on the phone. 

Facebook has come a long way from a Harvard student communication system to a worldwide social networking website that keeps our world connected.

Brian Quinn is a Communications Major and sophomore at St. Thomas Aquinas College.

Works Cited:
Eler, Alicia. "Study: Why Do People Use Facebook?" ReadWrite. N.p., 16 Jan. 2012. Web. 11 Dec. 2015.

Evans, Keith. "What Are the Benefits of Facebook?" Small Business. Chron, n.d. Web. 11 Dec.2015.

Gerber, Lauren. "Why Did Mark Zuckerberg Create Facebook?"
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Udan, Brad. "The History of Facebook and Real Facts." Internet Marketing in 5 Mins. N.p., 21 Aug. 2014. Web. 11 Dec. 2015.


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