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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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Pinterest

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The popular visual discovery tool is asking for a hefty commitment of $1 million to $2 million from advertisers.
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Alibaba Wages $215 Million to Dance With Messaging App Tango

On the heels of WhatsApp's $19 billion acquisition by Facebook, the Chinese web titan dominated the latest round of fundraising for rival messaging platform Tango.
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The rising wallet service's major new hires show that the business of Bitcoin is big enough to attract top tech talent.
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The Washington Nationals got caught using a small drone to capture publicity shots without FAA approval.
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Leveraging a gathering in the physical world can have a ripple effect in the digital realm.
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Following an uptick in celebrity usage, dating app Tinder has announced a verification feature not unlike Twitter's blue checkmarks.
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Study: Emotions on Facebook Are Contagious

Watch out: That Facebook post your friend wrote about his miserable day may lead you to write a miserable post of your own.
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What you might not know about the intangible cultural force that forever changed the way we live, work, play and communicate.
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Updated Facebook 'Pages' Allow You to Stack Up Your Competitors' Social Metrics

Facebook is rolling out a streamlined version of its Pages feature that will allow administrators to keep an eye on the social performance of competing businesses.
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Forget pilot season. The Science Channel is developing a new TV series inspired by the 'I F--ing Love Science' Facebook page.
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The conference, to be held in San Francisco on April 30, will focus on the development of mobile apps.
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