Updated Oct 10, 2020 · 4 min read

What is Facebook?

Facebook is a popular, free social networking application where users can create profiles, post articles, watch short-form videos, share photos, and exchange messages with friends, family, and colleagues. Users can access Facebook from the Facebook website or their mobile application. Facebook has over 1 billion monthly active users.


Facebook began in 2004 as a social networking website for students at Harvard University. Mark Zuckerberg, founder and CEO of Facebook, created the company with fellow Harvard student Edward Saverin. By 2006, Facebook overtook MySpace as the most popular social networking application in the world. The company has since expanded beyond their social networking application by acquiring companies like Instagram, Oculus VR, and WhatsApp.


Facebook features several resources, such as:

  • Events: Publicize and RSVP to events.
  • Groups: Find and interact with others who share common interests.
  • Marketplace: Post, read, and respond to ads.
  • Messenger: Exchange messages with friends, family, and colleagues.
  • Pages: Create and promote pages around a specific topic.

Facebook Profiles

Each Facebook user can create a personal profile that enables them to interact with others on the application. The most popular component of the profile is the Wall, a bulletin board for you to share your thoughts and others to share their thoughts with you. All interactions on your Wall can be distributed to your friends through the News Feed, the home page of your Facebook account.

Another popular component of the personal profile is the Photo Album, where you can upload photos from your device to share with others on Facebook.

Create a Facebook account

You can sign up for a free Facebook account online and start using the application and adding your friends.

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