Facebook turns 10 today with 1.228 billion users, celebrates with birthday video

On Feb. 4, 2004, Mark Zuckerberg launched "The Facebook" from his college dorm room at Harvard University. It was designed to help students at the college find out information about each other with user-created profiles. 10 years later, Facebook has expanded well beyond that room and emerged as the single largest social networking service of all time.

Today, Facebook celebrated its 10th birthday with a video that doesn't focus on the site's founder or history. Rather, it is a montage of birthday parties held by ordinary 10-year-old kids from around the world. It's possible that Facebook wanted to show that, even though it is a huge publicly traded company, it is still young and has a lot of potential to grow and mature.

It certainly has expanded outside Harvard University in terms of users. In July 2009, nearly five years ago, Facebook announced it had 250 million users. In its latest quarterly financial report, Facebook said it now has 1.228 billion active monthly users worldwide and 757 million users that check on the service every day.

While Facebook got its start first as a web browser experience, more and more users are now connected via mobile apps such as the one that was recently launched for the Modern UI of Windows 8.1. About 945 million users connect to Facebook via mobile apps, and the company said that 296 million of them connect via those apps exclusively, bypassing the web browser version.

Along the way, Facebook has added features such as allowing users to upload pictures, putting in "Like" buttons for posts, and lots more. The rise of Facebook was certainly the cause for the fall of MySpace, which launched and achieved great success before Facebook started but quickly lost users to its competition just a few years later.

While Facebook has shown growth in overall users every single quarter, the company is also trying to branch out in other areas. It has bought a number of mobile apps over the past few years, including the photo-sharing app Instagram for $1 billion in 2012, which continues its own growth story at 150 million users and counting. More recently, Facebook launched a Flipboard-like news reader app called Paper.

And Zuckerberg? He's still the CEO of Facebook and will celebrate his 30th birthday in May. His estimated net worth is currently around $19 billion.

Source: Facebook | Image via Facebook

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I was wondering why there was people posting videos for a "look back"

I did mine, it worked. I took notice there was a picture in it...Deleted that one picture, went back and the video is gone. Hmm.

The 'share' options aren't available for lots of people on their video for some reason.

you can't use the link in the address bar as that's the same for everyone

That's pretty silly if your friends still use it.

It's best to at least have an account so you have a little control over images of you that they may upload. You don't have to give them any data besides a name and a spam trap email address

akav0id said,
That's pretty silly if your friends still use it.

Why? Because you don't have any contact with them anymore after deleting your account??? Just meet somewhere, have a drink, a chat and a good time.... ;-)

After the latest changes in policy I basically stopped using FB, but never was a big fan anyway.
I hate to check all privacy etc. setting of my FB account every month to see what has been changed again. They're like Google, silently changing their policies ever so often, and chipping away at privacy..

No thanks..

You know it's not the same if you have to meet some where AND especially be face to face!

That just isn't right in todays {sic} world!!

Used to have a crap, fake name account there years ago, just to see how it worked, but it got deleted because I wouldn't give them my phone number so they could send me a text message to verify my account!

Biggest piece of crap site I've ever used!

Shouldn't even call it a social networking site either. Should be called a socially diseased networking site!

Exactly.

Dutchie64 said,

Why? Because you don't have any contact with them anymore after deleting your account??? Just meet somewhere, have a drink, a chat and a good time.... ;-)

After the latest changes in policy I basically stopped using FB, but never was a big fan anyway.
I hate to check all privacy etc. setting of my FB account every month to see what has been changed again. They're like Google, silently changing their policies ever so often, and chipping away at privacy..

No thanks..

and best of all, they didn't have to FORCE users into it the way google has to in order to make the hollow network that is google+ look good.

you may hate FB but you can't deny it is making the old guard of apple and google look like slow moving dinosaurs that don't get social.

I'm actually fine with companies/establishments that still do things the old way and don't get social, at all, as long as they focus on customer satisfaction. Social networking is not a magic pill.