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Facebook is the largest social networking site worldwide.

The site was co-founded in 2004 by Mark Zuckerberg while still a student at Harvard College in Cambridge, Mass. Membership was initially limited to Harvard students but the site eventually opened to other college and high school students. Membership was extended to anyone with a valid email address in 2006.

Some of Facebook's early investors included PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel and Microsoft. Napster founder Sean Parker was Facebook's founding president.

Facebook allows users to create profiles than can include photos, personal interests and contact information. Users can communicate over a variety of public and private posting features.

The site has also become a useful marketing tool for businesses and brands, including Entrepreneur Magazine.

Early on, Facebook was often compared to Myspace, another social networking site. Other popular social media sites such as Twitter and Google+ rival Facebook in terms of users and features.

Facebook went public in 2012 and raised more than $100 billion.

Here are some of our most popular Facebook articles:

This Is the 23-Year-Old Entrepreneur Who Just Turned Down $3 Billion From Facebook

Facebook Is a Fundamentally Broken Product That Is Collapsing Under Its Own Weight

Where Are They Now: Meet Facebook's First 20 Employees

How to Build a Killer Facebook Page for Your Retail Company

Facebook Facepalm: In Big Real-Estate Buy, Mark Zuckerberg Seeks Personal Privacy, Then Removes Online Privacy Feature

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It's meant to help you catch up on the most popular and relevant tweets you may have missed since you last signed onto the platform.
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Say Bye-Bye to All Those Fake News Stories on Facebook
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Facebook

No, Facebook Didn't 'Create' 4.5M Jobs. But Its Impact Can't Be Understated.

Facebook's hiring numbers are squishy, but the company continues to serve as a great example of how entrepreneurship can help the world.
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The idea is to make it easier for users to get audio messages when they are in situations that make listening to a recording inconvenient.
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In his third-ever town hall-style Q&A, the Facebook founder discussed some misconceptions that surround entrepreneurship.
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The beauty of marketing on Facebook is their enormous number of users and the powerful tools available for carving out your ideal market.
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Amber Alerts, which have saved roughly 725 lives since the program's inception in 1996, also broadcast across radio, television, highway signs, lottery tickets and mobile phones.
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Facebook Discussed Investment in Chinese Smartphone Maker Xiaomi

The political and commercial implications might have squashed the deal, however.
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