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What is Facebook?

This is the second in a series of “What Is …” (see also Website Tips for more of this series). You may have heard Pastor Tony use many Internet based terms in his sermons and had no idea as to what he was referring. This series is designed to help everyone understand these terms and their relevance to today’s world.

According to Wikipedia:

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Facebook headquarters in Palo Alto
Facebook is a social networking website.
When launched on February 4, 2004, Facebook was restricted to students of Harvard, membership was subsequently expanded to all Ivy league schools (within two months), and many individual universities were added in rapid succession over the next year. Eventually anyone with a college or university(.edu) email address could join, and there was a separate network for high schools. Since September 11th, 2006 it has been made available to any email address[3]. Users can select to join one or more participating networks, such as a high school, place of employment, or geographic region.
As of July 2007, the website had the largest number of registered users among college-focused sites with over 30 million members worldwide (also from non-collegiate networks).[2] This makes Facebook the second most visited website on the World Wide Web. It is surpassed only by MySpace. In June 2007[3] it was ranked between top 10–20 web sites, and was the number one site for photos in the United States, ahead of public sites such as Flickr, with over 8.5 million photos uploaded daily.[4] It is also the seventh most visited site in the United States.[5]
The name of the site refers to the paper facebooks depicting members of the campus community that colleges and preparatory schools give to incoming students, faculty, and staff.

Please see Wikipedia for more information on Facebook.