Facebook is one of several social media websites that have changed the way that we use the Internet and how we interact with our friends, family members and peers. Those of us who have had a Facebook profile since the website first opened up over a decade no longer have to attend events such as class reunions. We have a reunion whenever we log onto the site and see that our former classmates now have children of their own and that they just acquired new jobs. Facebook does all of the work for us, and it allows us to check in with the world via any device that can access the Internet.
Facebook has done well to take every part of the online social experience and put it on one website. You can, as an example, upload photos via Twitter, but that site does not allow you share entire albums that can be viewed via a single click as is the case on Facebook. Instagram allows you to share photos in seconds, but that app does not offer a chat option as does Facebook. Videos, news links, and short personal posts that are typed via 140 characters or less: Facebook has it all, and those running the company are constantly working on improving the site.
Much of the history of Facebook was made public via The Social Network, a fantastic movie that exposed the background of the company and of those who founded the social media website. That movie highlighted just how important one specific person was in taking Facebook from something that college students would use when they were ignoring their homework to what that website has become today. You may not know, however, that multiple companies had opportunities to cash in on the Facebook phenomenon before it became a worldwide sensation used by millions of individuals, but those potential life-changing investments never occurred.
10 The Pirate Language option
9 Facebook used to be college only
8 Mark Zuckerberg's shortcut
7 Get paid to find bugs
6 MySpace could have bought Facebook
5 The “Awesome” button
4 Remember the “Facebook guy?”
3 What happens to your Facebook when you die?
2 Teens no longer love Facebook...
1 ...but teens still love Facebook
The demise of Facebook among the teenage population has, to a point, been exaggerated by some in the tech world. A Pew survey that was released in April of 2015 calculated that approximately 71 percent of teenagers still use Facebook. Second on that list was Instagram, which checked in at 52 percent. Instagram happens to be owned by Facebook. While that survey does show that teenagers polled are using Facebook less than was the case back in 2012, those who are looking for Facebook to become the latest casualty in the social media wars would do well to put such eulogies away for the time being.
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