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Facebook is a social networking service launched in
February 2004, owned and operated by Facebook, Inc. As of September 2012, Facebook has
over one billion active users, more than half of them using Facebook on a mobile device.
Users must register before using the site, after which they may create a personal profile,
add other users as friends, and exchange messages, including automatic notifications when
they update their profile. Additionally, users may join common-interest user groups,
organized by workplace, school or college, or other characteristics, and categorize their
friends into lists such as "People From Work" or "Close Friends".
Facebook was founded by Mark Zuckerberg with
his college roommates and fellow students Eduardo Saverin, Andrew McCollum, Dustin
Moskovitz and Chris Hughes. The website's membership was initially limited by the founders
to Harvard students, but was expanded to other colleges in the Boston area, the Ivy
League, and Stanford University. It gradually added support for students at various other
universities before opening to high school students, and eventually to anyone aged 13 and
The name of the service stems from the colloquial name for the book given to students at
the start of the academic year by some university administrations in the United States to
help students get to know each other.