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Tuesday 4 February 2014

Facebook 10th Anniversary: Mark Zuckerberg + What Facebook Means To Me

Today, Facebook turns ten!


How long ago did you join?

I signed up to a life of kids' photos, food pics, selfies, unnecessary updates and oversharing (my own, and that of others) six and a half years ago.

I recall the moment.

My friend and work colleague Jessica Ainscough (now an accomplished blogger and author) told me about this 'thing' called Facebook.

She described it for me, and before seeing it I told her I didn't quite get it. And then I added:

"And anyway, I have no time! I am too busy!"

Now... anyone who knows me well and is either a) my Facebook friend and/or b) a follower of this blog knows that somehow, I manage to find time to post. Often.

Thing is, I post quickly and often because I never overthink it... and because I have my laptop in the common area where my young family are. I post and then stir some pasta sauce. Or post, then write more of the book I am working on. Or post, then continue on with my day with my kids if we are out and about. Or post, and blog for this blog, while posting a blog post. See? It's easy when Facebook fits in with YOU.

When people talk about Facebook in a deragatory manner, I never nod in agreement because it has given me so much - connections with long lost friends, the opportunity to share photos and bond with friends and see the adventures of others wherever they are in the world.

Facebook has increased the traffic on this blog, connected me with the lives of my readers.

What has Facebook meant to you, given you?

What are the negatives of Facebook for you?

And just in, a message from Mark Zuckerberg founder:

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.

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