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From a Dorm to Silicon Valley: A History Lesson as Facebook Turns 15

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In case you haven't heard, Facebook (FB) CEO Mark Zuckerberg recently made waves once again when he penned a Washington Post op-ed on data regulation, the very issue that has been plaguing the social media giant. 

"By updating the rules for the Internet, we can preserve what's best about it - the freedom for people to express themselves and for entrepreneurs to build new things - while also protecting society from broader harms," Zuckerberg wrote. 

While it's easy to get caught up in the news, take a look at how the stock investors and analysts love to hate got to where it is today. 

Once upon a time, good news from Facebook was the norm rather than the exception:  

  • February 2004: "thefacebook" began at Harvard.
  • September 2004: Facebook launches its now infamous wall.
  • May 2005: Facebook spreads to 800 college campuses and high school networks. 
  • May 2012: Facebook IPOs with a $102.4 billion market value. 

Will Facebook's next 15 years have more to like? Only time and an earnings report or two can tell. 

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