Facebook redefines staying in touch; can be full-time
Days after the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals announced plans to close Martha's Vineyard's only animal shelter, Heather Jardin created a "Save The Martha's Vineyard MSPCA" page on Facebook. There was an immediate reaction. As of early this week, Ms. Jardin reports, more than 2,000 members had signed on as friends of the site.
Five years after its start, Facebook, a social networking website initially designed for college students, has an estimated 175 million users of all ages worldwide, and that number is growing, according to industry watchers.
As more and more adults take to web-based social life, the odds increase daily that adult users will find someone they know on Facebook - a former girlfriend, a high school chum, or a new or old office colleague.
Looking for an easy way to stay up to date on his classmates' lives, Harvard student Mark Zuckerburg created Facebook in 2004. It became a global phenomenon after sweeping across college and high school campuses nationwide.