Decade of friends: Facebook turns 10

UNDATED (CNN) -- In 2004, the Internet was a different place. No YouTube, no Twitter, and fast-growing "Myspace" was just a year old. But February 4, 2004 saw the launch of the company that would go on to dominate the social web.

Mark Zuckerberg said, "I just spent the last week in a relationship with a girl who I broke up with a week before. She knows it's complicated, you know it's complicated. It's complicated."

That would be Mark Zuckerberg in 2005 with his then colleague Chris Hughes talking about his relationship status. He said, "I think that's a good idea. If you break up with someone, it's sort of bitchy to go back to single. Or if you're actually in a relationship where you're hooking up with someone, ya know?"

That is the origin of the "it's complicated" relationship status. But Facebook's origins started with Mark Zuckerbeg. and this week, the company turns ten. Zuckerberg said, "One of my friends got a computer. And I just thought it was the coolest thing so I just begged my mom for so long to get me a computer."

The investment paid off. Zuckerberg's idea for a social network went viral. Alongside a close group of his college buddies, the Harvard students camped out at this Silicon Valley house in the summer of 2004. Bret Taylor said, "Things I personally worked on, I'm probably most well known for working on the like button.... I think the discussions, you'd be surprised at how involved they were for a one-word link on a page.... One of the big decisions we made was that there would only be a like button, not a dislike button."

Bret Taylor was CTO from 2009 to 2012. He added, "I had just arrived when the company was making the transition from their original offices downtown.... And so I think they had gone through a big cultural transition there."

And like the company he started, Zuckerberg today is all grown up. He said, "I think it's one of the biggest problems of my generation to get everyone in the world to have Internet access."

From a small startup to a public company and 1.2 billion users; like the relationship status, Zuckerberg's company had a complicated relationship with the public market.

But the founder has invested in a mobile first mentality, and a couple years later Wall Street is pleased.

And now Mark is taking on politics with his old roommate at Harvard, Joe Green, starting the advocacy group to push for immigration reform.

We'll see where another ten years takes the company.


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