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In the past few weeks, I have got a number of
visitors coming from searching www.facebook.com .
Frankly, I have no idea why is that. I mean,
eventhough I have some posts mentioning about
Facebook, there isn’t any post that focused solely on
Facebook, or www.facebook.com for that matter. Or
even if there is, I would expect my page to be in
somewhere around page 10 or 20 of the search
result.

But not. Checking from the Google Webmaster
Tools, apparently I got the honor of being in the first
page at some point. Which is a pleasant surprise but
left me scratching my head.

As you can see from the screenshot, the page
displayed for the search result is
/2009/08/18/top-10-social-bookmarking-sites, a page
comparing popular social networks, including
Facebook and twitter.

Anyway, since Google is kind enough to brings
visitor to this site, let me then provide the visitors
with a more useful information instead. Here are the
information about www.facebook.com :
Domain Information
Domain name facebook.com was first registered
March 29th, 1997, but not until 2005 it become the
website we know it now. Facebook, previously
hosted on domain name thefacebook.com,
purchased the domain name facebook.com for
$200k in 2005.

The domain name facebook.com is registered till
2020, with the expiry date on March 30th, 2020. It is
registered via registrar Markmonitor.com, a
high-profile registrar that also provide service to
Google and Wikipedia.

Domain is registered to Facebook, Inc. , located in
1601 S. California Ave Palo Alto CA 94304 US. The
contact information of the registration is stated as
Domain Administrator. Email address for registration
is domain@facebook.com, with contact number of
+1.6505434800 and fax number of +1.6505434800 .

As stated in the whois information, Facebook is
using 5 nameservers : ns1.facebook.com,
ns2.facebook.com, ns3.facebook.com,
ns4.facebook.com, ns5.facebook.com.

Here is the complete domain information from whois
(as of 6 August 2010). Source who.is.
   FACEBOOK.COM WHOIS

   Updated: 13 hours ago
   MarkMonitor is the Global Leader in Enterprise
Brand Protection.

   Domain Management
   MarkMonitor Brand Protection™
   AntiFraud Solutions
   Corporate Consulting Services

   Visit MarkMonitor at www.markmonitor.com
   Contact us at 1 800 745 9229
   In Europe, at +44 (0) 20 7840 1300

    The Data in MarkMonitor.com’s WHOIS
database is provided by MarkMonitor.com
    for information purposes, and to assist persons
in obtaining information
    about or related to a domain name registration
record. MarkMonitor.com
    does not guarantee its accuracy. By submitting
a WHOIS query, you agree
    that you will use this Data only for lawful
purposes and that, under no
    circumstances will you use this Data to: (1)
allow, enable, or otherwise
     support the transmission of mass unsolicited,
commercial advertising or
     solicitations via e-mail (spam); or (2) enable
high volume, automated,
     electronic processes that apply to
MarkMonitor.com (or its systems).
     MarkMonitor.com reserves the right to modify
these terms at any time.
     By submitting this query, you agree to abide by
this policy.

    Registrant:
    Domain Administrator
    Facebook, Inc.
    1601 S. California Ave
    Palo Alto CA 94304
    US
    domain@facebook.com +1.6505434800 Fax:
+1.6505434800

    Domain Name: facebook.com

    Registrar Name: Markmonitor.com
    Registrar Whois: whois.markmonitor.com
    Registrar Homepage:
http://www.markmonitor.com

    Administrative Contact:
    Domain Administrator
    Facebook, Inc.
    1601 S. California Ave
    Palo Alto CA 94304
    US
    domain@facebook.com +1.6505434800 Fax:
+1.6505434800
    Technical Contact, Zone Contact:
    Domain Administrator
    Facebook, Inc.
    1601 S. California Ave
    Palo Alto CA 94304
    US
    domain@facebook.com +1.6505434800 Fax:
+1.6505434800

   Created on…………..: 1997-03-28.
   Expires on…………..: 2020-03-29.
   Record last updated on..: 2010-07-30.

   Domain servers in listed order:

   ns4.facebook.com
   ns2.facebook.com
   ns1.facebook.com
   ns3.facebook.com
   ns5.facebook.com
   MarkMonitor is the Global Leader in Enterprise
Brand Protection.

   Domain Management
   MarkMonitor Brand Protection™
   AntiFraud Solutions
   Corporate Consulting Services

   Visit MarkMonitor at www.markmonitor.com
   Contact us at 1 800 745 9229
   In Europe, at +44 (0) 20 7840 1300
   –

   Information Updated: Thu, 5 Aug 2010 13:52:06
UTC

Facebook Company History
Here is Facebook official timeline in reverse
chronological order.
Source:
http://www.facebook.com/press/info.php?timeline

   Company Timeline
   2010

   * February
   Facebook reaches over 400 million active users
   2009

   * December
   Facebook reaches over 350 million active users

   * September
   Facebook reaches over 300 million active users

   * August
   Facebook acquires FriendFeed

   * July
   Facebook reaches over 250 million active users

   * June
   Facebook launches Facebook Usernames

    * May
    Digital Sky Technologies makes a $200 million
investment for preferred stock at a $10 billion
valuation

   * April
   Facebook reaches over 200 million active users

   * February
   Facebook reaches over 175 million active users
   Facebook joins OpenID board
   “Like” feature added

   * January
   Facebook reaches over 150 million active users
   CNN Live/Facebook integration

   2008

   * December
   Facebook Connect becomes generally available

   * August
   Facebook reaches over 100 million active users

   * April
   Facebook launches Facebook Chat
   Facebook releases Translation application to 21
additional languages

    * March
    Facebook updates privacy controls to include
Friend List privacy
    Facebook launches in German

   * February
   Facebook launches in Spanish and French

   * January
    Facebook co-sponsors Presidential Debates
with ABC News

   2007

   * November
   Facebook launches Facebook Ads

    * October
    Facebook reaches over 50 million active users
    Facebook launches Facebook Platform for
Mobile
    Facebook and Microsoft expand advertising deal
to cover international markets; Microsoft takes a
$240 million equity stake in Facebook

   * July
   Facebook acquires startup Parakey

    * May
    Facebook launches Marketplace application for
classified listings
    Facebook hosts F8 event to launch Facebook
Platform
    Facebook Platform launches with 65 developer
partners and over 85 applications

   * April
    Facebook reaches 20 million active users
    Facebook updates site design and adds network
portals

   * March
   Facebook reaches over 2 million active
Canadian users and 1 million active UK users

   * February
   Virtual gift shop launches as a feature

   2006

   * December
   Facebook reaches more than 12 million active
users

   * November
   Share feature added on Facebook,
simultaneously launched on over 20 partner sites

     * September
     News Feed and Mini-Feed are introduced with
additional privacy controls
     Facebook expands registration so anyone can
join

   * August
    Facebook development platform launches
    Notes application is introduced
    Facebook and Microsoft form strategic
relationship for banner ad syndication

   * May
   Facebook expands to add work networks

    * April
    Facebook raises $27.5 million from Greylock
Partners, Meritech Capital Partners and others
    Facebook Mobile feature launches

   2005

   * December
   Facebook reaches more than 5.5 million active
users

    * October
    Photos is added as an application
    Facebook begins to add international school
networks

   * September
   Facebook expands to add high school networks

   * August
   The company officially changes its name to
Facebook from thefacebook.com

    * May
    Facebook raises $12.7 million in venture capital
from Accel Partners;
    Facebook grows to support more than 800
college networks

    2004

    * December
    Facebook reaches nearly 1 million active users

    * September
    Groups application is added; the Wall is added
as a Profile feature

    * June
    Facebook moves its base of operations to Palo
Alto, Calif.

   * March
   Facebook expands from Harvard to Stanford,
Columbia and Yale

    * February
    Mark Zuckerberg and co-founders Dustin
Moskovitz, Chris Hughes and Eduardo Saverin
launch Facebook from their Harvard dorm room

That’s it. Coming up is WordPress plugins for
Facebook and Firefox add ons for Facebo

				
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