Feb 3: Facebook Turns Ten!

Feb 3, 2014 By Deepa Gopal
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On February 4, 2004, Mark Zuckerberg launched the now famous Facebook with four other friends. Called 'The Facebook', the social network was meant as an online directory for Harvard students to communicate with and keep track of one another.

Within 24 hours of going live, nearly 1,200 to 1,500 students had signed up. Zuckerberg opened it up to other Ivy League and Boston-area colleges. And the rest is history. Zuckerberg quit college, moved to Silicon Valley, California and launched the first public website that anyone could join in September 2006.

The company went public in May 2012 (we had written here), and is generating revenue by serving up ads on mobile phones. 

Here are some fun statistics about Facebook today -

  • 1.23 billion active users every month
  • 6 billion "likes" per day
  • 350 million photos uploaded every day
  • Nearly 160 million Americans use Facebook, followed by Brazil at 72 million and India at 64 million. 
  • The average age of Facebook user is 41 years, and the average time spent on the site is 7.75 hours per month.

What do you think of Facebook? If you don't have an account, are you planning on getting one when you turn 13? Why or Why not?

Comments

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SoulSister February 12, 2014 - 9:49am
Y'all have a good point in saying Facebook can be physically, but more importantly mentally. People can spend their days hunched over a screen, liking and commenting on every selfie and movement you friend takes. Although, Facebook isn't all bad, in moderation, it can be used to share, learn and communicate with friends and family! Use it wisely and you'll have rewards.
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OliviawithDogs February 11, 2014 - 10:21am

I don't ever ever want a Facebook account. There is too much cyber-bulling and inappropriate language and pictures. I also don't like it because it takes up so much time of your life!!! My mom used to have a Facebook account forgetting how much time she spent on it. It was really annoying when my mom went on Facebook for hours on end. But now she deleted her account and has WAY more time in the day to spend with us.

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adithin February 9, 2014 - 5:23pm

I think it's cool, but it's kind of dangerous(in my opinion). What do you think?

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charlotte1 February 8, 2014 - 8:11am

my mom and dad have facebook

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Tressa February 4, 2014 - 12:07pm

Seriously, I don't know why this always happens to me! "This video contains content from afp, who has blocked it from display on this website. Watch on YouTube"

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Olivia-Anna February 4, 2014 - 5:08pm
That's what happened to me too! It ALWAYS happens at a video I want to watch.
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Deepa Gopal February 4, 2014 - 5:24pm

Tressa, Olivia-Anna - We have added a new video. The old one was working when we added yesterday, and see it has disappeared now... thanks for pointing it out. 

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Olivia-Anna February 5, 2014 - 3:32pm
Thank you so much!
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Tressa February 5, 2014 - 11:08am
Thank you Editor!
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Tryn28 February 4, 2014 - 11:26am

i don't want one. i don't really have a reason except for the fact that i think way too many people spend way too much time on it.