We all think we know about Facebook right? Wrong. There are many things that I learned about Facebook while listening to group presentations in my Digital Video and Production class. As a journalist, it is important to understand the relationship between social media sites in the digital age. With so many online users, sites like Facebook make it easier for companies to find their targeted audiences.
As I’m sure you know, Facebook is one of the few social media sites that dominate the Web. Five college students who attended Harvard University launched Facebook on February 4, 2004. One of the most renowned figures from the group is the one and only, Mark Zuckerberg. Interestingly enough, the Winklevoss brothers, twin brothers who also attended Harvard, sued Zuckerberg in 2004 for allegedly stealing their idea. The two brothers claimed that their idea was called “ConnectU,” which essentially had the same concept as Facebook. Despite being sued for $64 million, Zuckerburg was still able to continue as the head of Facebook.
In 2007, Facebook had an estimate of 12 million users by the end of the year. As the years continued, Facebook went from 58 million years in 2008 to 360 million by the end of 2009. Although Facebook started out as a site only accessible to college students, there are now an enormous variety of age groups who are users. According to the Pew Research Center, Facebook interaction ranges from ages 18 to 65. With the digital age revolutionizing the way people interact, there’s no surprise that there is no specific age group that uses social media.