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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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A Day in the Life of a Successful Social-Media Strategy
Social Media Marketing

A Day in the Life of a Successful Social-Media Strategy

Success isn't dependent on some X-factor or trick, but on consistency, connection and a little creativity.
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Messaging

Facebook Says People Respond 20 Percent Faster Using Messenger App

The social network tries again to sell us on using its standalone messaging app.
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Facebook Clamps Down on 'Clickbait'

The company says the changes are aimed at preventing spam from drowning out the content users really want to see.
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New Delaware Law Determines Where Your Digital Assets Live After You Die

The law grants executors precisely the same access to digital information as they would possess for comparable physical documents.
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Your Twitter Timeline Is About to Get a Lot More Cluttered

Up until now, your timeline was limited to tweets and retweets from people you follow. But that's all changing.
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Chill, People. Why You Shouldn't Hate Twitter For Adding Favorites to Timelines.
Twitter

Chill, People. Why You Shouldn't Hate Twitter For Adding Favorites to Timelines.

Oh, no! Favorites now appear in your Timeline like retweets. Here's why it doesn't matter.
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Why I'm Not Freaking Out Over Facebook's Messenger App (But I'm Not Downloading It, Either)

The social network has made it mandatory that people download the standalone Messenger app. And, of course, people aren't happy.
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Yo, App Developers: Facebook Announces Two Important Changes

App makers have until early November to make sure they're in compliance with these new rules.
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Zuckerberg Taunted Employees With Samurai Sword, Ex-Facebooker Says

Noah Kagan, Facebook's 30th employee, claims his former boss jokingly threatened to 'chop' underperformers with a huge sword.
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Pinterest Gets Chatty, Launches Its First Private-Messaging Feature

Chat away, pinners. Pinterest may be late to the game, but it's finally jumped on the messaging bandwagon.
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Facebook Toys With Our Minds, Crashes Briefly, Then Comes Back to Life
Facebook

Facebook Toys With Our Minds, Crashes Briefly, Then Comes Back to Life

The addictive social network suffered an outage today, but lucky for social-media addicts the world over, the horror is already over.
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Facebook's 'Buy' Button Will Change How Brands Sell Online
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Facebook's 'Buy' Button Will Change How Brands Sell Online

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