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Amazing numbers reveal Facebook's strength

Last updated on: February 7, 2012 09:01 IST

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Facebook, the biggest social-networking site, is seeking to raise $5 billion from its initial public offering, which would give it an estimated market capitalisation of $80-100 billion.

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Facebook

Active monthly users (December 2011): 840 million

Facebook is a social networking service and website launched in February 2004, operated and privately owned by Facebook, Inc.

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India

Total population: 1.22 billion

Users must register before using the site, after which they may create a personal profile, add other users as friends, and exchange messages, including automatic notifications when they update their profile.

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China

Total population: 1.34 billion

Additionally, users may join common-interest user groups, organised by workplace, school or college, or other characteristics, and categorise their friends into lists such as "People From Work" or "Close Friends".

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The United States

Total population: 310 million

The name of the service stems from the colloquial name for the book given to students at the start of the academic year by some university administrations in the United States to help students get to know each other.

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Indonesia

Total population: 240 million

Facebook allows any users who declare themselves to be at least 13 years old to become registered users of the site.

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Brazil

Total population: 200 million

Facebook was founded by Mark Zuckerberg with his college roommates and fellow students Eduardo Saverin, Dustin Moskovitz and Chris Hughes.

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Russia

Total population: 140 million

The Web site's membership was initially limited by the founders to Harvard students, but was expanded to other colleges in the Boston area, the Ivy League and Stanford University.

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Facebook

Market capitalisation: $90 billion

It gradually added support for students at various other universities before opening to high school students, and eventually to anyone aged 13 and over.

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Apple

Market capitalisation: $425 billion

However, based on ConsumersReports.org in May 2011, there are 7.5 million children under 13 with accounts, violating the site's terms of service.

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Google

Market capitalisation: $188 billion

Mark Zuckerberg wrote Facemash, the predecessor to Facebook, on October 28, 2003, while attending Harvard as a sophomore.

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Toyota

Market capitalisation: $132 billion

According to The Harvard Crimson, the site was comparable to Hot or Not, and "used photos compiled from the online facebooks of nine houses, placing two next to each other at a time and asking users to choose the 'hotter' person".

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McDonald's

Market capitalisation: $101 billion

To accomplish this, Zuckerberg hacked into the protected areas of Harvard's computer network and copied the houses' private dormitory ID images. Harvard at that time did not have a student "facebook" (a directory with photos and basic information).

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Amazon

Market capitalisation: $82 billion

Facemash attracted 450 visitors and 22,000 photo-views in its first four hours online.

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Boeing

Market capitalisation: $56 billion

The site was quickly forwarded to several campus group list-servers, but was shut down a few days later by the Harvard administration.

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Facebook

Staff strength: 3,200

Zuckerberg was charged by the administration with breach of security, violating copyrights, and violating individual privacy, and faced expulsion.

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McDonald's

Staff strength: 1,70,000

Ultimately, however, the charges were dropped. Zuckerberg expanded on this initial project that semester by creating a social study tool ahead of an art history final, by uploading 500 Augustan images to a Web site, with one image per page along with a comment section.

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Toyota

Staff strength: 322,000

He opened the site up to his classmates, and people started sharing their notes.

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Boeing

Staff strength: 172,000

The following semester, Zuckerberg began writing code for a new Web site in January 2004. He was inspired, he said, by an editorial in The Harvard Crimson about the Facemash incident

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Apple

Staff strength: 60,000

On February 4, 2004, Zuckerberg launched "Thefacebook", originally located at thefacebook.com.

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Amazon

Staff strength: 56,000

Six days after the site launched, three Harvard seniors, Cameron Winklevoss, Tyler Winklevoss, and Divya Narendra, accused Zuckerberg of intentionally misleading them into believing he would help them build a social network called HarvardConnection.com, while he was instead using their ideas to build a competing product.

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Google

Staff strength: 32,000

The three complained to the Harvard Crimson, and the newspaper began an investigation. The three later filed a lawsuit against Zuckerberg, subsequently settling.

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