Mark Zuckerberg’s baby just celebrated its 10th birthday. Yes, Facebook is 10 years old.
You probably do not notice it, but you tend to spend a lot of time in Facebook. You are constantly checking your news feed like when you are waiting in line for the bus or coffee, or when you are taking your time in the bathroom. Whenever you attended a party or met up with friends, the first thing you think about is to upload all the photos in Facebook and tag those people.
What if Facebook was never invented? We would still be using MySpace, Multiply, Friendster, Twitter, Plurk, and Google+. But since it is there, connecting with people has become easier. Facebook has provided all the things you need in order to reach out to people as well as to communicate with friends.
To express its gratitude to more than 1 billion users, Facebook presents “A Look Back”. All users will see a unique video presentation of the most popular posts and photos they shared in Facebook. Users just have to visit the link to watch the video. Users are also given the option to share their “look back” video.
It was a tear-jerking moment for some people, including me. Upon watching the repertoire of photos I posted in Facebook since 2009 (some of them I have long forgotten), all I felt is love and gratitude thinking that I have gone this far.
Facebook’s appreciation for joining its global community also brought us a wonderful gift of reflecting our past and celebrating our achievements and relationships. The process of how Facebook select the posts and photos is still unknown but it did a wonderful job bringing tingles and pulling the delicate strings in our hearts.
In his Facebook page, Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg expressed his gratitude to users for being part of the most popular social media.
“Today is Facebook’s 10th anniversary.
It’s been an amazing journey so far, and I’m so grateful to be a part of it. It’s rare to be able to touch so many people’s lives, and I try to remind myself to make the most of every day and have the biggest impact I can.
People often ask if I always knew that Facebook would become what it is today. No way.
I remember getting pizza with my friends one night in college shortly after opening Facebook. I told them I was excited to help connect our school community, but one day someone needed to connect the whole world.
I always thought this was important — giving people the power to share and stay connected, empowering people to build their own communities themselves.
When I reflect on the last 10 years, one question I ask myself is: why were we the ones to build this? We were just students. We had way fewer resources than big companies. If they had focused on this problem, they could have done it.
The only answer I can think of is: we just cared more.
While some doubted that connecting the world was actually important, we were building. While others doubted that this would be sustainable, you were forming lasting connections.
We just cared more about connecting the world than anyone else. And we still do today.
That’s why I’m even more excited about the next ten years than the last. The first ten years were about bootstrapping this network. Now we have the resources to help people across the world solve even bigger and more important problems.
Today, only one-third of the world’s population has access to the internet. In the next decade, we have the opportunity and the responsibility to connect the other two-thirds.
Today, social networks are mostly about sharing moments. In the next decade, they’ll also help you answer questions and solve complex problems.
Today, we have only a few ways to share our experiences. In the next decade, technology will enable us to create many more ways to capture and communicate new kinds of experiences.
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.
I’m so grateful to be able to help build these tools for you. I feel a deep responsibility to make the most of my time here and serve you the best I can.
Thank you for letting me be a part of this journey.”