My senior year in high school was the year Facebook was born. First hitting the Internet in February of 2004, it was restricted to Harvard students only. Soon, it opened up to Ivy League colleges, and gradually, most universities in Canada and the U.S. I was a part of what was then called "thefacebook.com" toward the end of my freshman year in college.
I'll never forget receiving an AOL Instant Message from my cousin whose school had been given access before mine, telling me that as soon as "thefacebook" was open to the University of Central Arkansas, I just had to join. Little did I know, I would wind up making a career out of the choice I made in joining Facebook.
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On the morning of the social network's 10th birthday, co-founder and CEO of Facebook Mark Zuckerberg posted on his own timeline, "I remember getting pizza with my friends one night in college shortly after opening Facebook. I told them I was excited to help connect our school community, but one day someone needed to connect the whole world." He continued to reflect, "...One question I ask myself is: why were we the ones to build this? ...The only answer I can think of is: we just cared more."
Connecting is the whole point of Facebook, and it was from the very beginning. Despite the changes, many of which have caused confusion and annoyance among users, the root will always be: Connecting with other people, whether you're an everyday Joe, a celebrity, or even a company.
From a News Feed, to a Timeline, to a "Like" button, to an ever-changing algorithm deciding who sees what, and to a brand new app called"Paper" made available for iPhone only one day ago in the U.S., Facebook has grown and evolved by incredible measures. By checking out the slideshow above*, see a look back at the network, and some familiar layouts.
*If you're viewing this on THV11's mobile app, visit http://on.kthv.com/LMisJzto see the gallery of Facebook layouts and to view a full timeline of the network through the years.