Facebook turns 7

Today marks Facebook's 7th birthday from when Mark Zuckerberg founded Facebook in his dorm room at Harvard University back in 2004. In less than a decade who would have thought that Facebook is now the largest online social network in the world with over 500 million users, an investment portfolio of more than 50 billion dollars and is now the second largest website in the world falling short behind Google.

Facebook has even influenced the movie industry as Mark Zuckerberg's story on how Facebook came to be hit the big screen last year in The Social Network and was universally acclaimed by critics and audiences. The Social Network has also been nominated for 9 awards at this year’s Oscars including Best Picture.

Facebook today celebrated its 7th birthday by posting "To the 1.5 Million of you who share our birthday - Happy Birthday!"  on its profile page, but has also said

"As we turn seven, we'd like to thank everyone who uses Facebook in unique ways around the world, ways in which we never could've imagined, and for continuing to inspire us to provide a service that makes it easy for people to connect with the things and people they care about. We also wish the more than 1.5 million people who share our birthday, February 4, a very happy birthday."

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the reason facebook will be around forever is that it has constant updates, and it stays relevant to the masses

Well in Egyptian times we had the book of shadows. Now we have the book of faces. Do you think they will teach this in a history class 3000 years from now. In the 2003s we had face book. And it had not hieroglyphs but faces and socializing. This is how people who new nothing about one another could care about meaningless lives from across the globe. The spent 12 hours on the keyboard kind of like me waisting their lives away and getting huge for the lack of exercise.

I remember back in the day I was waiting for facebook to add my university just so I could sign up for the college only site..... back when it was only college and everyone was verified they existed in real life by university email accounts... ah the good old days

Educated Idiot said,
Holy crap! I had no idea FB is that old! I should have moved my rock a long time ago.

Haha, I remember I had a few months of avoiding it until I finally caved in around early 2006. Holy crap, it actually doesn't even feel that long

And it will crash and burn just as quicky. Like every other social network before it. Facebook isnt "the" social network we wont all be using it in 20 years. Wake up people.

Sylar2010 said,
And it will crash and burn just as quicky. Like every other social network before it. Facebook isnt "the" social network we wont all be using it in 20 years. Wake up people.
can i borrow your crystal ball for the super bowl?

Sylar2010 said,
And it will crash and burn just as quicky. Like every other social network before it. Facebook isnt "the" social network we wont all be using it in 20 years. Wake up people.

I don't know. Not that I'd ever want to come to Facebook's defense, but for one thing, the population at large is far too lazy to move its stuff from one web site to another. Any newcomer would have to make the transition practically transparent, or it's just not gonna take off.

That, and crapware such as Farmville has got to be a given.

Sylar2010 said,
And it will crash and burn just as quicky. Like every other social network before it. Facebook isnt "the" social network we wont all be using it in 20 years. Wake up people.

Maybe Mark will sell fb and start a new social network that takes down fb.

_dandy_ said,


That, and crapware such as Farmville has got to be a given.

Farmville and suchlike is what keeps Facebook free, just because it is not your cup of tea it does not mean it is crapware!

BGM said,
can i borrow your crystal ball for the super bowl?
And miss all the fun by knowing the score in advance? Or are you planning on betting? lol

stevember said,

Farmville and suchlike is what keeps Facebook free, just because it is not your cup of tea it does not mean it is crapware!

Right. It's an incredibly valuable asset for Facebook, but for users, it's a huge timesink, for very little gain.

If facebook will make a mail service like GMail, they will probably win the battle, or a search engine... I'll remain a Google fan whatever the future reserves us... =)