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Facebook at 10: How has it changed your life?


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A decade ago, “friend” wasn’t a verb, “like” wasn’t clickable and “The Facebook,” as it was first known, was just an Internet newbie created by a handful of Harvard students to help them communicate.

The world is very different since Facebook’s launch on Feb. 4, 2004, and the online social network is a big reason why.

On its 10th birthday, Facebook is a $1.5 billion-a-year business claiming more than 1.2 billion active users each month, more than 700 million each day.

“When I reflect on the last 10 years, one question I ask myself is: Why were we the ones to build this?” company co-founder and chief executive Mark Zuckerberg wrote in an anniversary post. “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.”

Zuckerberg, 29, said the future of Facebook, which became publicly traded in 2012, will be about connecting the two-thirds of the world’s population without Internet access, and solving complex problems.

Till now, Zuckerberg said, the social network has been mostly about “sharing moments,” but many will tell you it has been much more than that. Facebook has given users a place to grieve a loved one who has died, to raise funds for a needy cause, to reconnect classmates after lifetimes apart — as well as giving businesses a marketplace to showcase their goods and services.

What has Facebook meant to your life over the 10 years? Is it a daily diary, a gathering place for shared interests, an educational tool, your gallery of artistic expression or just a cool place to let off steam?

Let us know in the comments section. And give us a “like.”

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