Facebook History

Facebook is reportedly preparing to announce a new homescreen and ‘launcher’ for a range of Android phones on Thursday. Here, we take a look at some of the company's other major announcements over the years.

Facebook's media invite ahead of Thursday's launch.

Software leaked to Android Police suggests that Facebook Home will be available on a range of Android devices
Picture: Android Police

The new-look News Feed was unveiled earlier this month

16 February, 2013: Facebook reveals it has been targeted a sophisticated attack by hackers who exploited a previously unknown loophole in its computer system, though insists no personal information of users had been compromised.
Picture: AP

 15 January, 2013: Facebook launches Graph Search, overhauling its internal search engine to allow members to easily search through their friends' profiles.
Picture: AP

October 4, 2012: Mark Zuckerberg reveals Facebook now has more than one billion active members.
Picture: AP Photo/Paul Sakuma

8 June, 2012: Facebook launches its own App Centre to make it easier for members of the social network to find games and other programs.

9 April, 2012: Facebook makes its largest ever acquisition, signing a $1bn (£630m) deal for photography-based social network Instagram. In December, Instagram angered users by amending its terms and conditions to give it “perpetual” rights to the photographs that its users share on the websit, before swiftly reversing the changes after a backlash.
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18 May, 2012: The social network floats on Wall Street. The initial public offering (IPO) was the second largest in history, after Visa. Shares ended the first day of trading little-changed, as investors bought and sold in record numbers leaving founder Mark Zuckerberg worth $19bn.

January 26, 2012: Facebook announces its new profile page Timeline, which allows members to tell the story of their life on a single page, is being made compulsory for all users.

23 June, 2011: The Winklevoss twins, after three years of litigation, finally drop their case against Facebook founder and chief Mark Zuckberberg. In 2008, Tyler and Cameron Winklevoss were paid off to the tune of £40 million by Zuckerberg, after accusing their Harvard classmate of stealing their idea for ‘the Facebook’. But, after Facebook’s valuation continued to grow, the twins tried to appeal the settlement. They lost.

Dec 2011: A flaw grants prying users access to supposedly private photographs, including those of the website’s chief executive, Mark Zuckerberg.
Picture: Facebook

Other privacy changes meant users were now able to approve or reject tags by others via Facebook's new 'Pending Posts' feature

24 June, 2011: Facebook introduces a host of new privacy changes, allowing users to specify how private they want a post to be at the same time as they are putting it up online

20 April, 2011: In a sign of how powerful Facebook has become, Barack Obama holds a town hall style meeting at Facebook HQ with Mark Zuckerberg.
Picture: Bloomberg

February 4, 2004: Mark Zuckerberg and co-founders Dustin Moskovitz, Chris Hughes and Eduardo Saverin launch The Facebook. This is what it looked like when it launched.

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