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.
More than 425 million active users access Facebook through mobile devices across 200 mobile operators in 60 countries. Facebook is the most popular social networking site in several English-speaking countries, including Canada, the United Kingdom, and the United States. The website has won awards such as placement into the “Top 100 Classic Websites” in 2007, and winning the “People’s Voice Award” in 2008. In 2010, Facebook won the Crunchie “Best Overall Startup Or Product” for the third year in a row.
Applications: Users can create profiles with photos, lists of personal interests, contact information, and other personal information. Users can communicate with friends and other users through private or public messages and a chat feature. One of the most popular applications on Facebook is the Photos application, where users can upload albums and photos. During the first years, Facebook users were limited to 200 photos per album Criticism Facebook has met with controversies.
It has been blocked intermittently in several countries including the People’s Republic of China, Iran, Uzbekistan, Pakistan, Syria and Bangladesh on different bases. For example, it was banned in many countries of the world on the basis of allowed content judged as anti-Islamic and containing religious discrimination. It has also been banned at many workplaces to prevent employees from using it during work hours. The privacy of Facebook users has also been an issue, and the safety of user accounts has been compromised several times.
Facebook has settled a lawsuit regarding claims over source code and intellectual property. Impact Media impact Facebook has now been involved in campaigns for True Blood, American Idol, and Top Gear Social impact Facebook has affected the social life and activity of people in various ways. With its availability on many mobile devices, Facebook allows users to continuously stay in touch with friends, relatives and other acquaintances wherever they are in the world, as long as there is access to the Internet.
It can also unite people with common interests and/or beliefs through groups and other pages, and has been known to reunite lost family members and friends because of the widespread reach of its network. Some argue that Facebook is beneficial to one’s social life because they can continuously stay in contact with their friends and relatives, while others say that it can cause increased antisocial tendencies because people are not directly communicating with each other. Some studies have named Facebook as a source of problems in relationships.