Facebook turns 15: Here is a timeline of it's journey in Asia

Feb 05, 2019, 12:17 PM IST
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Social networking website Facecook has turned 15. The company on Tuesday said that it isn't the same company it was in 2004 and has a fundamentally different approach to how the company is run, even compared to a year ago. It said that Facebook encourages people to stay connected with friends and family, discover what’s going on in the world, and to share and express what matters to them. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, in a post, also revealed what inspired him to build the website. "Fifteen years ago today, I launched the first version of the Facebook website from my college dorm. At the time, it struck me that there were many websites to find almost anything -- books, music, news, information, businesses -- except for what actually matters most: people. So I built a simple website organized around people, where we could connect with the people we wanted and share what was important to us," he wrote. Here is a timeline of Facebook's journey in Asia:

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2009

2009

2009: First Facebook office in Asia Pacific opens in Sydney, Australia.

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2011

2011

2011: The idea for Safety Check is born during the Great East Japan Earthquake. A Japanese Facebook engineer saw what was happening and wanted to find a way to help.

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2014

2014

2014: Safety Check is used for the first time following Typhoon Ruby in the Philippines, and has since been activated over 1,400 times around the world. Australia is the second most engaged country for the Ice Bucket Challenge globally on Facebook.

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2015

2015

2015: Korea is the first country in Asia Pacific to launch Amber Alerts - a tool that delivers missing children reports into News Feeds.

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2016

2016

2016: In Malaysia, a missing 8-year-old girl is found when a member of the Facebook community sees the Amber Alert and flags her whereabouts to the police. Facebook launches #SheMeansBusiness - an initiative to empower female entrepreneurs, in Asia Pacific. Today, it is in 24 countries around the world and over 136,000 women have been trained.

In the same year, WhatsApp launches video calling in India, before rolling it out globally. India has the world's most Whatsapp users at 160million monthly active users. Facebook supports start-ups by establishing the Developer Circles program. There are currently 76 developer leads across Asia Pacific who look after over 100,000 developers.

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2017

2017

2017: Facebook creates Marketplace after seeing how people in countries like Indonesia buy and sell used goods in their communities on Facebook. In Thailand, people can also find property to rent on Marketplace. The world's largest InstaMeet takes place in Jakarta, with over 1000 Instagrammers coming together offline to meet friends and make new connections. Facebook launches the Made By program to support small businesses in Korea, Malaysia, and Taiwan. Over 4,613 small business owners have been trained to date.

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2018

2018

2018: Facebook announces that its first custom-built data center in Asia will be located in Singapore. The 170,000 square meter data center represents an investment of more than USD 1bn. Facebook launches blood donations in India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh. People can sign up to be blood donors on Facebook and get notified when people, blood banks, and hospitals near them need blood. Facebook builds its first community hub in the world in Indonesia. Ruang Komunal Indonesia is a physical space for non-governmental partners and communities to gather, collaborate and build meaningful connections.

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2018

2018

2018: Over 3 million people tune in to Facebook Live to watch Priyanka Chopra host Facebook's first #SocialforGood Liveathon in India. The event covered topics from mental health awareness and cyberbullying to female entrepreneurship. The Facebook Community Leadership Program is announced, a global initiative that invests in people building communities through training, support and funding. 115 leaders have been selected from around the world, 35 of which are from Asia Pacific.

 

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