Mustard video: As Facebook celebrates its 10th birthday, how has the social network changed your life?

10 years of Facebook, Graphic by Ollie Hoff 10 years of Facebook, Graphic by Ollie Hoff

Wednesday, February 5, 2014
9:09 AM

Just 10 years ago Facebook was a project in a student’s dorm; now, it has 1.2 billion monthly users. Today, on its 10th birthday, we ask: has Facebook changed your life?

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The facts of Facebook

Facebook is today celebrating a decade in existence. Here is a potted history of the 10-year-old social media behemoth.

Founded in 2004 by Harvard student Mark Zuckerberg and his college room mates.

The ultra-exclusive site was rolled out to a mainstream audience on September 26 2006, for those at least 13 years old with a valid email address.

By June 2009, users were given the chance to register their own personalised domain with Facebook, in the same way Twitter has user-specific handles.

In January 2012, Facebook announced plans to introduce the timeline facility - prompting suggestions it was moving closer to Twitter.

Facebook Inc began selling stock to the public and trading on the Nasdaq in May 2012.

According to latest figures, around 9% of users are reckoned to be fake.

It joined the Fortune 500 list - a compilation for investors to gauge the relative size of the operations of companies - for the first time on the list published in May 2013, being placed at position 462.

In December, Facebook rolled out plans to allow video adverts to appear in news feeds, already playing the content.

As of January 2014, the company has about 1.2 billion monthly users.

In the last decade, it has attracted millions of people who use it to communicate with friends, post updates on their life, share photographs, change their relationship status, or to simply click ‘like’.

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Last week, the social network heavyweight reported record revenues of 2.5 billion dollars (£1.5 billion) from 750 million daily users.

Its story began in February 2004 when Harvard psychology student Mark Zuckerberg launched the social networking site from his room.

Thefacebook.com - as it was originally called - proved an instant hit, allowing Harvard undergraduates to create basic online profiles and display personal information and photos.

Facebook.com was purchased in August 2005 and the following month US high schools were allowed to sign up.

The website’s features dramatically developed over the years with the introduction of the like and poke buttons in 2009 and its highly popular newsfeed - which led to the first of many complaints about its privacy policy.

So, has Facebook changed your life? Have it helped you keep in touch with friends, or damaged your real-work relationships? Will you still be using it in 10 years time?

Tell us in the comments section below.

2 comments

  • Facebook gathers and shares volunteered private data with GCHQ and the NSA, it earns vast sums via advertising on it and it cannot be trusted as it has a data gathering agenda. We are too trusting and too gullible with our personal information on FB, so lets hope that the next ten years will show us some social responsibility and humility to mankind from these corporate datablaggers.

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Tuesday, February 4, 2014

  • Changed my life for sure, I discovered my husband was having an affair after reading it all over facebook, still getting over the shock of it

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    littletinkers

    Tuesday, February 4, 2014

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