Celebrating Facebook’s 10th Birthday

Feb 05, 2014 Rachel Nelson

This month, Facebook reaches its 10-year milestone. In many ways, Facebook has connected the world, and in the words of Mark Zuckerberg, given people “the power to share and stay connected… to build their own communities themselves.”  Now, Facebook is not only about sharing experiences but also helping people share information, ask and answer questions and solve problems together – bridging geography, language and culture.

In PR, our universe is connections and content. We closely follow the changes in social networking and sharing; as they have a direct impact on how we develop strategic recommendations for our clients. Our close friends, journalists, are also heavily affected by how content is shared – so, we have pulled together a ‘listicle’ to promote them. Below are 10 of the coolest articles we have seen highlighting Facebook’s history.
  1. From Will Oremus at Slate, a snapshot of what ‘The Facebook’ looked like 10 years ago, including a timeline of statistics and added features (courtesy of Facebook). Since February 2004, 201.6 billion friend connections have been made on the social network.
  2. From Brandon Griggs at CNN, nine ways in which Facebook changed how we talk – including our use of ‘friend’ as a verb, and the welcoming of ‘unfriend’ to the digital-age vernacular.
  3. From Max Knoblauch at Mashable, other popular trends in 2004 – including the Super Bowl XXXVIII Halftime show controversy, and ‘Hey Ya!’ by OutKast.
  4. From Harry McCracken at TIME, predictions about the world sans Facebook – MySpace would have still eventually flagged, and Twitter would probably still exist, in some form.
  5. From Ken Yeung at The Next Web, Facebook’s own present to its 1.23 billion users – a ‘Look Back’ at your 20 biggest moments shared on the social network.
  6. From Brad Stone and Sarah Frier at Bloomberg, a personal interview with Mark Zuckerberg, discussing challenges and goals as Facebook ‘grows up.’
  7. From Hanna Ingber at New York Times Bits, results from a poll of readers citing their specific experiences on Facebook over the past decade.
  8. From Christina Bonnington at Wired, a peek at Facebook’s greatest innovations – News Feed, Like button and Graph Search, to name a few.
  9. From Brett Molina at USA Today, an interactive timeline of Facebook’s defining moments and how it will continue to change our lives.
  10. And, from Alyson Shontell at Business Insider, how to find your Facebook ID number. (Drum roll please – my personal profile coming in at #1,236,840,027.)
Topics: Content, Public Relations, Facebook, Journalism, Top Ten
Rachel Nelson

Rachel has a decade of experience across both B2B and B2C technology. She spearheads diverse communications programs for clients ranging from emerging venture-backed startups to post-IPO companies with the same mentality: transparency, teamwork and never backing down from a challenge. She works with some of Inkhouse’s most innovative, fast-growing clients in the Bay Area including Okta, Nutanix, Grammarly, Strava, Neo4j and Databricks.

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