All these Nigerian Facebook boys come in here and win 1k. when was Facebook founded?
Facebook was founded in February 2004 by Mark Zuckerberg with his college roommate and fellow Harvard University student Eduardo Saverin.
It all began in 2003, when Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg created an online programme called “Facemash”, which allowed users to objectify fellow students by comparing photos of their faces and selecting who they deemed as “hotter”.
he almost got expelled for this but being an internet lover he decided to create something that cool for the school from his initial facemash idea.
This was when he came up with Facebook
The website’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 gradually most universities in the United States and Canada, corporations, and by September 2006, to everyone with a valid
email address along with an age requirement of being 13 and older.
History of Facebook in Nigeria.
After Facebook changed its initial membership restriction that only enables only Havard students to join giving room for members from all over the globe to join in september 2006, It has recorded a boom in members.
Especially in Nigeria, being the most populous nation in Africa and their love for trying out new things.
Nigerians embraced facebook even when internet access was a rare opportunity in the nation.
In the early days, people will pay for time in cyber cafe just to access facebook.
It was a good development for them since it was a cheap way to communicate with family and friends across the globe.
Some persons even joined facebook to find love, especially the timid guys who couldn’t express their feelings face to face.
By 2013, Nigeria surpassed south Africa to become the most populous African country on facebook with over 16million monthly users.
This increase was due to the great influx of smart phones and cheap internet subscriptions across the country.
Nigeria, being facebook’s biggest market in Africa also opened an opportunity for Nigeria’s internet service providers to gain more customers.
Telecom companies in Nigeria tailored most of their internet plans to suit Nigerian’s social life.
Although facebook had a large audience in Africa but the revenue it generated from Africa was still low per user.
This led to start various initiatives in those parts of the world, facebook identified the problem of poverty and having internet subscription.
This led to the lunch of free basics through its internet.org initiative which enabled users to access facebook and other important websites for free without data subscription.