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Facebook, from Harvard to Wall Street

Facebook by Mark Zuckerberg in 2004, now has been incarnated into the world of Information technology companies are preparing to sell its shares to the middle of the public.

Here are important dates in the history of Facebook, which is ready to propose initial public offering IPO and trying to gather at least five billion US dollars, such as the reported AFP.

In 2004

January: Mark Zuckerberg, 19-year old computer whiz at Harvard University, from his dorm room began to develop online networking which originally aimed to connect the students of Harvard.

February: Thefacebook.com, as it was later called, was launched by Zuckerberg and three of her roommate and classmate at Harvard: Eduardo Saverin and Chris Hughes and Dustin Moskovitz.

May: Zuckerberg moved to Silicon Valley and decided not to return to Harvard University for the fall semester.

July: Facebook accepted the first investment: 500 thousand dollars from PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel,.

September: Facebook adds "The Wall" for the user profile.

In 2005

April: Facebook Gets a second round of funding of 12.7 million from Accel Partners.

August: Thefacebook.com officially changed its name to Facebook.

In 2006

February: Viacom's offer to buy Facebook worth 1.5 billion US dollars, but declined. Yahoo! also made unsuccessful bid one billion US dollars.

September: Facebook added a "News Feed" and is open to anyone over the age of 13 years.

In 2007

September: Facebook launches Fund of 10 million US dollars, providing money for companies or individuals who want to build applications.

October: Microsoft took a stake valued at 240 million dollars on Facebook in a deal valuing the social networking at 15 billion dollars. Facebook has 50 million members.

December: Zuckerberg apologized for the "errors" in the launch of a new advertising platform called Beacon that tracked the purchase made by the members of Facebook and let their friends know what they've bought.

In 2008

February: A resolution of 65 million dollars achieved by twins Tyler and Cameron Winklevoss on charges that Zuckerberg stole their idea for a Facebook while at Harvard. Facebook launched a site of Spain.

March: Sheryl Sandberg, Chief Executive of Google, a hired as chief operating officer of Facebook. France and Germany site Facebook launched.

April: Facebook lowering the social networking website MySpace to become the most popular in the world.

August: Facebook membership reaches 100 million.

September: Zuckerberg was named as one of the 400 richest Americans by Forbes magazine with a fortune estimated at 1.5 billion US dollars.

October: Facebook opens up its international headquarters in Dublin, Ireland.

In 2009

March: Facebook launches first mobile application for the site.

April: Facebook Membership reaches 200 million.

May: internet companies of Russia's Digital Sky Technologies invested 200 million US dollars on Facebook in a deal that values the company at 10 billion US dollars.

September: membership reaches 300 million. Zuckerberg says the social networking has become a "cash flow positive," meaning his earnings have been insufficient to cover operational costs.

December: The Electronic Privacy Information Center, Center for Digital Democracy and others asked the Federal Trade Commission of the United States to see the Facebook privacy policy, claim to have been deceived users over their personal data protection when it changed the privacy settings.

In 2010

February: Facebook reaches 400 million membership.

May: Pakistan shut down access to Facebook after a race encourages users to post caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad on the site.

July: membership reaches 500 million. Lady Gaga became the first person with 10 million fans on Facebook, beyond the limits of a few days to the next President of the United States Barack Obama.

August: Facebook launches Facebook Places, which allows members to use mobile devices to share their existence.

October: "The Social Network," a film directed by David Fincher about the origins of Facebook, success in cinemas. The Film was written by Aaron Sorkin and starred Jesse Eisenberg and pop star Justin Timberlake hit the box office. Nominated for eight Oscars, and won three: for "the best adapted screenplay, original score and film editing".

November: Facebook.com email addresses is launched.

December: Time magazine gave Zuckerberg "Person of the Year" to "change the way we live our lives every day."

In 2011

January: A private stock offering produce 1.5 billion dollars from investors and the value of Facebook at 50 billion US dollars.

February: Facebook announced plans to move from Palo Alto to a sprawling campus that was once a base for Sun Microsystems in nearby Menlo Park.

April: Facebook began offering a similar programme of daily transactions to online bargain popularized by Groupon but shut down the program in August. Obama visit Facebook headquarters in Palo Alto, receiving questions from Zuckerberg, employees and an audience online.

September: the timeline Page was introduced that allows Facebook users change their profile into interactive digital scrap book which tells the story of their life.

November: Facebook agrees to tighten privacy policies and submit to external audit in the settlement with the Federal Trade Commission of the United States.

In 2012

January: Facebook asking for the initial public offering (IPO) shares the Prime wishing to gather at least five billion US dollars.

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