The site's first mention in TIME was later that year, in a story about online dating for the college set, in which Facebook's founders insisted that their site didn't belong in that group: The operators of college dating sites sometimes don't like to admit their sites are for dating, preferring to play up how they enhance student life in general.
4, in 2004, it was for a limited audience and offered limited capabilities — and, the first time the site showed up in TIME, the writer had an appropriately limited amount to say about it.
I started dating in middle school, followed by one long serious relationship after another through high school and college.Chris Hughes, a rising junior at Harvard who helped start Thefacebook at his school earlier this year, says when his roommate Mark Zuckerberg came up with the idea, it was to be "a directory of information for college students." Offering Friendsteresque features, it allows students to network through friends and connect with people in their classes they would like to meet.The site now boasts 58 member colleges, including all of the Ivy League.However, in these social-media-savvy days, people are putting that face online, and it’s not doing anyone much good. But then I’d remember we were broken up and get shaky and cry.” Courtney Boyd Myers, 29, the founder of audience.io, a digital marketing company, says that her ex’s reaction was also negative.“Staying connected with your exes on social media and bombarding them with a false sense of ‘happy’ or ‘sexy’ selfies is becoming a popular cultural phenomenon,” says Kris Ruby, the social media expert for the Ruby Media Group. I strongly feel it always has the opposite effect.” It can, however, succeed in hurting a past lover and diminishing what you had with them in the first place. “In the early days after my recent breakup, I was sad but would only post happy things,” says Boyd Myers, a Williamsburg resident who ended a four-year relationship last April.
Of course, that iteration of Facebook didn't last long.