It's hard to believe that Facebook was born ten years ago today. On February 4th, 2004, a Harvard student named Mark Zuckerberg launched thefacebook.com in this dormitory room as a platform for students on different college campuses to communicate and share ideas. Social networking was just getting off the ground at the time and the timing couldn't have been more perfect. The site was so popular amongst its users that Zuckerberg and his growing team of fellow Harvard students took it to a wider audience and brought Facebook into our lives. One thing we know for certain is that life has never been the same since for any of us.
In a letter to all of Facebook sent out this morning to honor the day, Zuckerberg said:
It's been amazing to see how all of you have used our tools to build a real community. You've shared the happy moments and the painful ones. You've started new families, and kept spread out families connected. You've created new services and built small businesses. You've helped each other in so many ways.
People use Facebook daily to share milestones. They discuss major news events. They post photos and videos. They reunite with childhood friends or on the flip side, get unfriended and have their personal lives turned around. They meet their soul mates. They discover new careers or opportunities. They promote their businesses. They publish information about events. They discuss ideas. Some reveal too much, others remain spectators.
To reminisce about all the time you’ve spent on Facebook and how you've been using it, head to https://www.facebook.com/lookback for a customized film made by Zuckerberg and his team that's going viral today.
How has Facebook changed your life? We’d love to hear your thoughts and examples in our comment section.