Facebook completes a Decade: From then to now…and to the future…the Facebook Journey
On 3rd February, Mark Zuckerberg put up a very poignant post on his Facebook wall. The message spoke of the decade-long journey of Facebook, its evolution over the course of said decade and how social networking had changed the way of the entire world not just for the present generation, but also for the future generations.
The message and all it symbolised were in perfect accord with the way Facebook – and other social networking websites – have shaped and refined our everyday existence. Social networking has become an all-important tool that helps us connect – both formally and informally – with people miles away. We are never away from the world; it’s just a click away to put it more colloquially and a better place to live in.
To be on Facebook is like being with a large like-minded family full of eccentricities and idiosyncrasies. I recently connected with one of my school friends after nearly a decade by identifying her from a photograph tagged by one of my other school friend. The distance has somehow vanished as we re-visited our childhood and the various ups and downs that marked and moulded our lives along the way. Not only in our respective careers, but also in our personal lives which somehow took a complete U-turn from what we had envisioned about it while at school.
We shared joys as we shared sorrows and in the end came out to be even closer than we were at school, all those years ago.
Just like my friend and I, there are so many others who would have had similar or more eloquent experiences. Facebook is all about sharing these experiences without feeling intrusive or overly inquisitive. And in that, Mark Zuckerberg has succeeded remarkably. Not because he’s made zillions and gazillions of money, but because he’s won the hearts and salutes of billions and gazillions of folks of the world with one simple idea…
“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.”
– Mark Zuckerberg
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