Facebook.com connects you with the people and brands that matter to you.


Receiving more visitors than every other website except Google, Facebook is an immensely popular social networking site with more than 900 million users; more than half of which visit daily.

Originally launched in February of 2004 as a website exclusively for Harvard University students, Facebook has grown worldwide to over 900 million people.

Headquartered in Menlo Park, California, Facebook is continually expanding it global reach. As of July 2012, Facebook has over 3,500 employees, and offices in 18 countries. The site is available in 70 languages.

Registration for Facebook profiles is open to all individuals over 13 years of age.

People can create personal profiles to share up to the minute statuses on their day to day happenings, post photos and videos of themselves and their friends, coordinate events and gathering with members of their social community, and generally engage with people and brands that impact their world.

Features such as Facebook Pages offer a way for local businesses, organizations, brands, artists, public figures, causes, and communities to create a presence on Facebook for publishing content and engaging with the worldwide Facebook community.

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Facebook.com Profit Generation

Facebook.com earns profits from advertising such as banner ads and sponsored groups. It does not charge its members any membership fees. Its advertising is somewhat unique in that rather than being primarily based on the context of the page, ads are targeted based on the information that people supply on their profiles. An advertiser can choose any combination to target specific demographics, such as women aged 24-28 living in California with a Bachelor's degree who have the term "web design" in their profile.

Facebook.com - How it Works

Facebook prompted me with this suggestion after I confirmed that Peter was my friend. Notice how it knew that Peter was new and in need of welcoming and asked me to perform this duty.

People can register on Facebook.com for free. They create their own personal user profile, reveal their interests and preferences, upload photographs, correspond with other users through private or public messages and join groups to stay connected to other users with similar interests.

Only people from the same network or a member’s confirmed friends can view a member’s profile data. Facebook.com has implemented a number of privacy mechanisms to empower users with fine-grained control of how their information is shared. Facebook continues to improve its security policies.

In a nutshell, Facebook.com provides a good way to meet new people, keep in touch with old friends, display your most recent photos and express your thoughts and feelings in your very own blog. Facebook.com also has an excellent search and browse function that allows members to find others using just about anything as their search string.

Facebook.com Usage and Popularity

In terms of actual usage, TechCrunch said in a recent report that 60% of all Facebook.com members log on daily, 85% at least once a week and 93% at least once a month. Members spend about 18 minutes a day on Facebook.com, according to website spokesman Chris Hughes.

In a 2006 study conducted by Student Monitor, a New Jersey-based limited liability company specializing in research concerning the college student market, Facebook.com was named as the second most "in" thing among undergraduates, tied with beer and losing only to the iPod.

Other Facebook.com Purposes

AboutUs happened across Facebook HQ while attending RCC in Palo Alto, California.

On occasion, police authorities, colleges and universities use Facebook.com for investigating students based on the information they upload. For instance, many colleges and universities detect violations of underage drinking and dry campus policies by sifting through photos of illicit drinking behavior at parties or on campus. Some reports say employers also examine the Facebook.com profiles of prospective new hires.

Such practices have earned the ire of members who argue that police and college administrators violate Facebook’s Terms of Use that states: "the website is available for your personal, noncommercial use only". In a special security option for members, Facebook.com provides settings that allow a member to classify his/her profile as "private", allowing only approved individuals to view his/her profile.

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What Some People on AboutUs.org Think About Facebook.com

KristinaWeis's Comments on Facebook.com

  • KristinaWeis (delighted) : I've been a huge fan of Facebook and have loved every new feature that has been added along the way. I use it for just about everything to connect with my friends online. I love being able to tag friends in photo albums, invite people to events, have pages for non-people entities like this one for AboutUs, keep up with Twitter-like updates, and customize my privacy and who I want to connect with. My only frustration is with the various unwanted application invitations. 14:52, 23 May 2008 (PDT)

Eric Wester's Comments on Facebook.com

  • Eric Wester (delighted) : Where would we be without Facebook? Facebook is a great tool that allows you to connect with old friends, network with other people, play games, and much more! 08:32, 22 October 2008 (PDT)

Brian Whelan's Comments off Facebook.com

  • Brian Whelan (delighted) : I see all the hard work has paid on - Facebook has finally overtaken MySpace. A big welcome to Dublin for the recent office opening. From Hidden-Dublin(.com) Sun Feb 22 20:46:02 UTC 2009

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