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How They Got Here

May 4, 2007

Published On Thursday, February 24, 2005  12:00 AM

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In just a year, TheFacebook has seen seemingly unrestrained growth. Here are some highlights from the past twelve months.

FEBRUARY 4

• Zuckerberg launches TheFacebook during Harvard’s shopping week

• The site runs off of one server for $85 per month

FEBRUARY 18 – 4,300 users

• Zuckerberg is first approached by investors

• Moskovitz is enlisted to expand site to other schools

LATE FEBRUARY – MARCH 5 – 10,000

• TheFacebook reaches Columbia, Yale, Stanford

MARCH 31 – 31,000

• The site now runs off of 5 servers, costing $450 per month

APRIL 14 – 51,910

• TheFacebook moves its servers to a boutique hosting service near Zuckerberg’s new York hometown

APRIL 25 – EARLY MAY – 82,000

• Moskovitz leads nationwide expansion

• Saverin experiments with national advertising

• Zuckerberg and McCollum begin discussing Wirehog

JUNE 10 – LATE JUNE – 160,000

• TheFacebook moves to Palo Alto, California

• Sean Parker, two interns join the team

• Saverin goes to New York

JULY 21 – AUGUST 25 – 190,000

• TheFacebook falls $50,000 in debt

• Zuckerberg meets with investors

• The team redesigns and relaunches the site

EARLY SEPTEMBER – 250,000

• ConnectU files lawsuit against TheFacebook

• Casa Facebook moves to Los Altos, CA

• D’Angelo, Saverin, interns return to school.

OCT 21 – 500,000

• Wirehog launches (first week in November)

• Zuckerberg meets with East Coast investors

NOVEMBER 30 – 910,000

• Angel investor Peter Thiel throws One Million User Party at Frisson (San Francisco)

JANUARY 16 – 1.3 million

• Casa Facebook moves to Menlo Park

• Press representative Chris Hughes moves to France

FEB 7 – 1.5 million

• National Beirut Tournament briefly launched, cancelled

• First European schools launched