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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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Google

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Report: Facebook Is About to Enter the E-Money Game
Facebook

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A Guide to the Best Times to Post on Social Media (Infographic)
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If you aren't posting to social media when most of your audience members are on, all that time you spent can go to waste. These are the times you should focus on.
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Facebook

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Facebook

Want to Chat on Facebook? Soon, You'll Need a Second App for That.

Users might not be happy about needing another app, but the move could ultimately make Facebook Messenger a much more powerful tool.
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It's critical to reevaluate your social media strategy at least once a year, if not quarterly.
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In lieu of a stand alone website, a Facebook page may work for your business. But only if it's done right.
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Twitter is rolling out revamped profile layouts with broadened images and new features, like the automatic enlargement of top-performing content.
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On the 50th anniversary of IBM's iconic mainframe workhorse, we look at the revolutionary, lasting impact that computers, in all their many forms, have had on how we do (and sometimes don't) get work done.
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Giving Advertisers a Way to Bypass Facebook Click Fraud
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Giving Advertisers a Way to Bypass Facebook Click Fraud

To avoid getting burned by bots, marketers should pay for ads based on viewable impressions.
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