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Social Media - the monster called Facebook: Instagram, WhatsApp and 13 other companies Facebook has - by Gabrielle Olya

Since Facebook launched in 2004, it has grown to become the biggest social networking site on the planet. With 2.1 billion users, Facebook's stock is worth $180 a share, and the company has a valuation of over $500 billion. Mark Zuckerberg's tech giant has grown dramatically, in part because of the strategic shopping it has done along the way.

Over the years, Facebook has completed 65 mergers and acquisitions involving everything from facial-recognition technology companies to other major social networking platforms like Instagram and WhatsApp.

Although many of Facebook's acquisitions have been for undisclosed amounts, the prices that have been revealed range from $200,000 all the way up to $22 billion.

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