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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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4 Tactics for Surviving Facebook's Algorithm Changes (Infographic)
Social Media Marketing

4 Tactics for Surviving Facebook's Algorithm Changes (Infographic)

Develop the strategy the company should have had from the start: a results-driven effort across many social-media platforms, connected to other marketing campaigns.
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Facebook Buys Popular Fitness-Tracker App So It Can Know Even More About You
Facebook

Facebook Buys Popular Fitness-Tracker App So It Can Know Even More About You

With its acquisition of Moves, the social network is getting into the fitness-tracking game alongside Fitbit and Nike.
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Avoid These Social Media Dead Zones

Here are the worst times to post to the different channels.
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Love It or Hate It, Facebook Is So Hot Right Now
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Love It or Hate It, Facebook Is So Hot Right Now

Facebook appears to be unstoppable as it releases its first-quarter earnings.
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An Entrepreneur's Social-Media Plan for Success
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An Entrepreneur's Social-Media Plan for Success

For those just jumping on the social-media bandwagon, here are a few tips on getting started.
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Why Your Brand Should Be Posting on Facebook on Fridays

Make sure your business capitalizes as users start to check out on Fridays.
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From 'You've Got Mail' to 'Office Space,' modern technology would have altered -- if not outright killed -- the plot of these films.
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Here's What Happens When Facebook Advertising Fails

As one company 'breaks up' with the social-media company, some tips for how your page can stay relevant and in front of your customers.
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While both genders are hooked on social media and mobile devices, they prefer to use the technology differently. Here's what organizations need to know.
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With consumers' attention span shrinking by the second, companies need to think quickly. One solution is micro-content.
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Why Facebook Might Love Your Mother More Than You Do

Mothers are some of the most engaged people on Facebook, so make sure your business has a Mother's Day campaign ready.
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A snapshot of what works best in the current Facebook landscape and how quickly things can change.
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Dislike: If You 'Like' General Mills on Facebook, You Can't Sue the Company
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Dislike: If You 'Like' General Mills on Facebook, You Can't Sue the Company

The American food manufacturer has made an unprecedented sneaky, (anti)social media move to keep itself out of court.
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