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The Internet at the Dawn of Facebook

Back in 2004, the "World Wide Web" was dominated by Microsoft, AOL, and Jeeves.

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Facebook launched in 2004. Today, it has more users than the entire Internet had in 2004.

Before Facebook roamed the web, the digital world was dominated by big, bulky websites that assumed they'd stay big and bulky: Microsoft and its Hotmail, Time Warner and its AOL, Ask and its Jeeves. It's striking how much the Internet has changed since Facebook sprinted onto the scene -- and more striking still how much Mark Zuckerberg's production did to change the course of that scene. 

Back in 2004, 

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Megan Garber is a staff writer at The Atlantic. She was formerly an assistant editor at the Nieman Journalism Lab, where she wrote about innovations in the media.

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