In February 4, 2004, then 20-year-old Mark Zuckerberg launched a project called ‘Thefacebook.’ The Website was rolled out from his room in the dormitory of Harvard University. The online site was initially conceived as a venue for establishing connection among students. It was also meant to help them build their own online identities.
Zuckerberg has admitted that at that time, he did not think that Facebook would be this large and this influential. During that time, he thought that someday, someone would develop a network where people could connect. It did not occur to him that it could be him and his Facebook.
Fast forward to 2014 and Facebook is among the most successful technology firms today. Since its launch, the Website has become a large social network with over 1.2 billion active users from around the world. That figure is close to a seventh of the total population of the planet.
Reflections about the past and the future
So what celebration could be fit for Facebook’s 10th anniversary? Well, Zuckerberg said the company will not hold much extravagance. In fact, the celebration would center more on reflections about the past. It would also be an ideal time to speculate and plan for the future.
The company is yet to announce any definite plan for the celebration. But in a simple and short statement a few days ago, it simply said that it is prepared to talk about how the company has been able to ‘change the world’ in a full decade. It would also give hints about what are in store in the future for Facebook and its users.
Interestingly, the 10th anniversary of Facebook will not be the only important milestone that will be commemorated and celebrated this year. In May, Zuckerberg will be up to celebrate his own 30th birthday.
Impressive growth through the years
Facebook is now a publicly listed company. It has undergone several dramatic changes in the past 10 years, all for the improvement. To date, it is estimated that there are over a trillion status updates and text posts in the network. The company is currently indexing those data for its own Graph Search.
Unexpectedly, the company is also starting to dominate smartphones. Just this week, Facebook reported that over half of its current ad revenue is coming from mobile devices. Interestingly, the Website is targeting tools to showcase ads strategically. The company is also set to launch its Paper app.
It has rolled out a unit called Instagram, which is also becoming popular among social media users. Meanwhile, its support for Internet.org makes Facebook more concerned about bringing Internet closer and more affordable to users especially in remote areas of the world.