If you visited Facebook’s online newsroom
Tuesday morning, the most recent item you likely saw was a post about the social media juggernaut releasing a huge amount of data
about the various national security requests it has received. You wouldn’t have seen one word about Tuesday's being the 10th anniversary of the site, which Mark Zuckerberg launched from his dorm room at Harvard University on Feb. 4, 2004.
Zuckerberg did post a brief message to his own Facebook page
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.
Still, for deep digs into the social media juggernaut’s history, you had to go elsewhere on the Web.
The “Today” show
snagged an interview with Zuckerberg in which he said he believed Facebook became the social media giant it is, as he noted in his anniversary post, because “we just cared more.”
Australia’s ABC News
broke Facebook’s decade of connections down to the numbers. People have made 201.6 billion friend connections through the site and have clicked the “like” button 3.4 trillion times. It also gives a global view of the site’s users:
According to research firm eMarketer, the site is used by 46.6 percent of the population in North America, 35.7 percent in Western Europe, 29.9 percent in Latin America, 24.9 percent in Central and Eastern Europe, 11 percent in the Middle East and Africa and 7.1 percent in the Asia-Pacific region.
offered a predictive look
at what Facebook could look like by 2024, and gathered an oral history
from the site’s earliest employees.
“I went to Facebook thinking it was a six-month temporary gig before going to law school,” Ezra Callahan, Facebook’s sixth-ever employee told Mashable. “I never made it to law school.”
The UK’s Mirror
newspaper collected Facebook’s 10 most impressive viral moments and memes
, but also listed its top 10 user screw-ups
offered a screenshot at what the site looked like on its launch day, as well as a timeline of milestones over the past decade.
used an infographic
to show how Facebook is “still a force” in the online world, showing that the company’s sales revenue rose from $777 million in 2009 to $7.87 billion in 2013, while net income went from $122 million to $1.49 billion.
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created its own timeline of 10 key dates in Facebook’s history, including Zuckerberg's being named Time’s person of the year in 2010.