TIMELINE: Facebook's meteoric rise

It's been a long journey from Mark Zuckerberg's dorm room to the Nasdaq. Here are the highlights.

Facebook on Wednesday filed to raise $US5 billion in an initial public offering. Here are a few highlights of its meteoric rise, several of which were chronicled in David Fincher's seminal Oscar-winning 2010 movie, "The Social Network":

October 28 2003 - Mark Zuckerberg, a Harvard psychology sophomore, writes "Facemash," a website that asked users to judge students' attractiveness based on their dorm-directory photos. The authorities -- and many students -- were not amused.

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