Facebook Turns 10

By Robin Ngai, Staff Writer
@bluebird1278

Facebook turned 10 this week, and don't we feel old./ PHOTO VIA Flickr user Johan Larsson

Facebook turned 10 this week, and don’t we feel old./ PHOTO VIA Flickr user Johan Larsson

It’s hard to believe that Facebook has been around for a decade! That’s over half my life thus far. To be honest, I can hardly imagine life without Facebook and I’m sure that most college-aged students would agree.

In celebration of spending 10 years online Facebook has launched “A Look Back,” a neat little personalized video of highlights from the user’s time on the site (soon you can edit it!).

It starts off at the beginning, stating when you joined and then it goes through your first moments (embarrassing photos from middle school), your most liked posts, and the photos you’ve shared. And while this 62 second flashback is happening, nostalgic instrumental music plays in the background.

It’s almost like watching a wedding montage between you and your Facebook profile.

Let’s face it, whether we want to admit it or not, we’ve basically been in a relationship with Facebook for the past few years. We’ve used it to stalk our exes (we’re all guilty of it and we know it), keep in touch with friends back home and get to know our college classmates.

As someone who couldn’t visit Boston University before move-in, Facebook was how I got to know more about on campus groups, academics and campus life in general.

Facebook is used for much more than just personal profiles: political campaigns, fundraising and outreach are all different instances that individuals and companies have used Facebook for something other than connecting with friends.

I’ve seen my friends post links to help disaster relief or raise money to support the fight against cancer. Last April, when the Boston Marathon bombing happened, Facebook was a way for friends and family to reach out to one another. Here is Facebook’s 10 stories that they shared to give users a feel for how Facebook has been changing lives for 10 years.

Though this social media site does not define our generation, it is a reflection of who we are and where we are going.

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