The Facebook website was launched on February 4, 2004, by Mark Zuckerberg, along with fellow Harvard College students and roommates, Eduardo Saverin, Andrew Mc Collum, Dustin Moskovitz, and Chris Hughes.
The founders had initially limited the website's membership to Harvard students; however, later they expanded it to higher education institutions in the Boston area, the Ivy League schools, and Stanford University.
After registering to use the site, users can create a user profile indicating their name, occupation, schools attended and so on.In March 2004, Facebook expanded to the universities of Columbia, Stanford, and Yale.In late 2007, Facebook had 100,000 business pages (pages which allowed companies to promote themselves and attract customers).Zuckerberg faced expulsion and was charged by the administration with breach of security, violating copyrights, and violating individual privacy. Zuckerberg expanded on this initial project that semester by creating a social study tool ahead of an art history final exam.
He uploaded all art images to a website, each of which was featured with a corresponding comments section, then shared the site with his classmates, and people started sharing notes.
Facebook gradually added support for students at various other universities, and eventually to high school students as well.