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Facebook celebrated its 10th birthday on February 4, 2014! Can you believe it? I remember when I first heard about Facebook. Honestly, it didn’t appeal to me. Probably because none of my friends had it. Back then, MySpace was THE social network to be on, which is funny because now MySpace isn’t anything like it used to be. Of course, we’ve all fallen into the social media crazed world and signed up for that new account. Now when we start a new relationship, get engaged, married, you name it, we get asked, “Is it Facebook official?” It’s as if Facebook has defined our relationships and helped connect us with others, which is what it set out to do. Good job Zuckerberg! Facebook was created to help bring people together and build connections. What better way to say happy 10th birthday Facebook than to learn some sweet facts about it?!
The History of Facebook
Facebook launched in Cambridge, MA in 2004. It started out as a way for students at Harvard University to connect. During this time it was called “Thefacebook”. Eventually, Mark Zuckerberg, founder of Facebook, along with a couple of “friends” (who are not such great friends anymore!) dropped “the” and called it “Facebook”. (To learn more about this story, watch a fictionalized account of this story in the Golden Globe award-winning film, The Social Network.) Zuck also expanded it to other colleges. Now, anyone who says they are over the age of 13 can use Facebook. As of January 2014, Facebook currently has 1.23 billion active monthly users.
3 Facebook Facts
Here’s some fun Facebook facts you might not have been aware of:
- There are 87 million Facebook users in China, even though it is blocked1
- Some believe Google+ will surpass Facebook in 2016 with social shares, which is believable since fewer and fewer teens are using Facebook2
- 23% of Facebook users login at least 5 times a day3
4 Facebook Features You Never Knew About
Get your Facebook page open and try out these cool features you never knew existed!
- Change your language to Pirate! Just go to Settings>Language Settings>English (Pirate). You’ll get a number of pirate phrases on your news feed. Beware Mateys: Hopefully you know pirate talk so you can abandon ship if you want to go back to your normal language settings.
- Facebook works with the Konami Code. By pushing, “Up, Up, Down, Down, Left, Right, Left, Right, B, A” followed by the enter key you will unlock a world of magic. Okay, not really, but it’s a pretty cool feature. Check it out.
- Feel like living in an upside down world? You can flip your Facebook upside down. Just click Settings>Language Settings> English (Upside Down) and all of your text will be, yep you guessed it, upside down.
- Want to keep some things hidden from certain people? To double-check your privacy settings, you can view your profile as whoever you want. Simply go to your profile page and click the down arrow by the settings gear icon. Then click “view as” and type in whoever you want. Then adjust your settings to match what you intended to share!
Birthdays without Facebook
Think about how important days would be without Facebook. You wake up and it’s your birthday. Such an exciting day for you! Before Facebook, you would get phone calls and texts from your closest loved ones who had your birthday memorized or written on their calendar. Today, Facebook reminds us when one of our friends is celebrating a birthday or anniversary. Now you get overwhelmed with the number of notifications you have on your birthday from all your friends wishing you the best. You feel so loved thanks to Facebook. You can even receive a virtual gift from your friend who moved cross-country or even to another continent!
Long Live Facebook
It’s kind of funny talking to younger kids about Facebook. As I mentioned earlier, it’s not as popular as it was with my generation. I grew up with Facebook. Kids now say things like, “I think Facebook is a nice concept, but it’s just not for me.” Which is completely shocking because Facebook was a big deal for my peers. Whether Google+ does surpass Facebook in the future, or if a new social network pops up and takes the lead, we’ll all remember who started it all for us. Facebook. So congratulations on 10 years of bringing people together Facebook. Cheers to you!