You might not be aware that Facebook has not always been called Facebook. Initially Facebook was a very small website with a different name, and was meant for use by only a limited number of people. Soon after its invention it evolved so fast, that now Facebook has more than 900 million users worldwide. You will be surprised to know that about 10% of USA's internet activity is done at Facebook.com. Facebook history goes back to 2003 when a Havard University student of IT, created a very small website for use by Havard University students. Read on for more on history of Facebook.

FaceMash

Facebook was invented in 2003, by Mark Zuckerberg, along with his three Havard University classmates. Facebook was initially called Fasemash. Initially Facemash was available to only Havard University students, and within a short period since website launch, about 450 students visited the website.

theFacebook.com

In 2004, Mark created a new website and called it theFacebook. At this time the intention of Mark was to make this website accessible by all University students, worldwide. More than half the population of the Havard University joined theFacebook.com.  Seeing the growth of the website, a few people joined Mark in his project, and helped in promotion of the website. Soon theFacebook.com became available by most Universities in USA and Canada.

Facebook.com

In 2005, Mark purchased yet another website name, this time facebook.com. At this point Facebook.com had reached several other Universities in South and Central America, and UK as well.

Besides Universities, now Facebook.com also became available to the employees of big companies including Microsoft and Apple. In 2006, Facebook became available to everyone in the world who was 16 years of age or older.

In the later years, more and more features were added to Facebook.com, like photo/video upload, apps, etc.

Advantages and Disadvantages of Facebook

Facebook has both pros and cons. It's up to every Facebook user how he utilizes Facebook, and whether he gets benefits out of Facebook or gets trapped by its disadvantages. you may be interested to find out Facebook advantages in the article 7 great advantages of Facebook, as well as disadvantages of Facebook. Also find out what are the negative effects of Facebook on us.

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Facebook has advantages but it has many disadvantages, too. There are many disadvantages of Facebook that are associated with teens and students. Find out how Facebook effects life of young children and students and also harms their privacy...

There are 1000's of scams targeting teens

You might not be aware of this but there are thousands of scams going on all the time, targeting teens. Scammers, hackers first connect to you, pretending to be your friend or any acquaintances, and steal your information which they later misuse in different ways.

Many a times you get emails requesting to go with them on a date, fooling you, trapping you and wasting your time. Sometimes someone would connect with you with their fake account, acting as a business, bank or any other company. They would ask your personal details, bank or credit card details, and there are chances kids, without knowledge, pass on personal or sensitive information to them.

Facebook is a Gateway to the whole Internet

Through Facebook ads, friends and other people's comments, status updates, you get to access all sort of images, videos, pages, and often click on a link to another website. So Facebook is not just a Facebook, it's a whole internet, where all kind of good and bad things are found.  For example pornography, violent images, videos, horror, and lots more things that are not suitable for children - all they can be accessed through different means at Facebook.

No.1 Addiction Tool

Certainly, the place where most time is spent  by any kid nowadays is Facebook or console games also. Facebook is addiction, once you are online, you don't finish you session unless you've updated you status, commented on other people's status, chatted with online friends, viewed messages, checked notifications, etc. I recommend you to read about Facebook Addiction Disorder: Symptoms and Treatment.

Password Hacking

Teens and students are mostly unaware of importance of making a complex password. They tend to keep a simple and easily memorable passwords which get guessed by others easily. Thus their personal information is accessed and so their privacy is lost. I recommend you to read How to Make a Strong and Unbreakable Password

Waste of Time and Cause to Procrastinate

Facebook eats up your time so quick that you don't even notice how much time you have spent using it.  Moreover, Facebook is one of the main reasons why children postpone or delay their school work, social and sport activities. When you are online you would be tempted so much to complete all your Facebook activities like checking messages, status updating, etc, that you would de-prioritize your important work and sometimes even forget or cancel it.

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What is Facebook?

Facebook is a website at which people of all ages can interact with each other. Like people interact physically, at Facebook they interact with messages. Anyone can message their friends, write something about themselves, on which someone could also comment. People can share their photos, videos with their friends, voice or video chat with others and more.

How Facebook Works?

We use Facebook by first opening www.facebook.com where you are asked to sign in with your username and password. If you are opening the Facebook for the first time, you can create a new account on the same page, and it's quick and easy!

What You Can do At Facebook.com?

Once you sign in to Facebook, you can do lots of thing on Facebook including:

Find and connect to people (friends): Facebook allows you to find people who also use Facebook, using their names or email addresses. Once you search for a person, usually your friends, if her/his name shows up in the search result, you can send him a friend request. That person would get a notification of your request; and if he accepts your request you both will be connected with each other, and can do a lot of things, which I will write about in detail below.

Messaging: People (friends) who you are connected with can send you messages, and you can send them messages too. You can voice and video chat with them also (no cost involved).  You can even send them a message when they are offline. It means when they will sign in to Facebook, they will receive your message that you had sent when they were offline.

Sharing of Pictures & Videos: You can create and share your pictures, picture albums as well as videos with your friends. When you share them with your friends, they can see them on their Facebook page when they sign in.

Write and Share Your Status with Friends: Facebook allows you to write and share your status with your Facebook friends.  You can write anything like what you are doing right now, where have been for dinner lately, or anything. You can share your status with your friends and let them comment on that also.

Play Games: In addition to status sharing, messaging, multimedia sharing, you can also play games at Facebook. There are tons of free games available at Facebook that you can play and enjoy!

Poke Friends: You can poke your friends. Poke means you are doing knock, knock on them. If someone has been out of touch for long, or for any other reason you can poke them, so they know they want their attraction, so they should message you or something.

These are the things you can do at Facebook. Interesting in joining community of 1 billion people at Facebook?  Go on then open www.facebook.com and create yourself an account, it's free, quick and easy!

Facebook is fun, but it is addictive, too.  Facebook has many advantages but Facebook has some disadvantages, too.  However it's entirely up to you how you utilize Facebook.

Why Should I Use Facebook?

Many people who haven't yet used Facebook ask question "why should i use Facebook". There are many reasons as to why you should use Facebook. The following are the reasons to use Facebook

Big Audience To Network With

Facebook has over 900 million users worldwide, and more than 10% of the USA internet activity is performed at the Facebook.  At Facebook you can network with people from different walks of the life, from different cities, countries. You can add them as friend, communicate with them, exchange ideas, pictures, videos and chat with each other.

Content Sharing

You can share your images, videos, even share your current status with others i.e what you have done today, what you're wearing, etc etc.

Comments and Feedback

Whatever status, image or video you share with people at facebook.com, they can then leave a comment on that. There is also a Like button there that they can click to show they liked your sharing.

Events

You can create and promote events. Maybe you are arranging a birthday party, a seminar, a training workshop or anything like that. Facebook allows you to create and manage events. You can invite people to join you, send queries etc at Facebook.

Traffic Generator

If you have a personal or business website and you want generate traffic to it, Facebook can help. When you have many friends connected with you and you share with them your website, most likely many of them will open your website. In addition to friends, you can also share your website with non-friends, and groups.

Accessibility

Facebook is available in 70 languages so no matter which country you are from you will be able to use it with ease, in your own language.

These were the reasons why you should use Facebook. Moreover, using Facebook does not require any IT or any other skills. Any one can start using Facebook easily, without learning how to use it first. Just by spending a few minutes you will know most of it. Facebook can be accessed through PCs, mobile phones, smart phones, iPad and many other mobile devices. This is one of the great Facebook advantages because no matter where you are you can share, comment, and do all other Facebook activity, with ease.

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