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They grow up so fast, don't they? One day they're these little immature things making friends, and the next they're forming alliances and making tons of money. We're talking about social networks, of course, and though it might be hard to believe, Facebook is celebrating its 10th anniversary today. Mark Zuckerberg used the occasion to reflect back on the past 10 years as well as ensure users that he fully expects Facebook to be around for another decade, and beyond.
"People often ask if I always knew that Facebook would become what it is today. No way. I remember getting pizza with my friends one night in college shortly after opening Facebook," Zuckerberg reflects in a Facebook post. "I told them I was excited to help connect our school community, but one day someone needed to connect the whole world. I always thought this was important -- giving people the power to share and stay connected, empowering people to build their own communities themselves."
His remembrance of Facebook's birth differ from what was portrayed in the docudrama The Social Network, but no matter how it came to be, Facebook is here and it's bigger than ever. According to Zuckerberg, the past 10 years have been all about bootstrapping the social network.
"Now we have the resources to help people across the world solve even bigger and more important problems," Zuckerberg says.
One of those problems is the simple act of connecting to the Internet. Zuckerberg points out that two-thirds of the world's population lack Internet access, and over the next decade he would like to use the power Facebook wields and continued advancements in technology to change that.
Zuckerberg avoided the topic of relevancy. As Facebook grows older and more people flood the network, including parents and grandparents, those all important teen and young adult demographics tend to flock elsewhere. MySpace is a real world example of a popular social network losing its luster. Even though Facebook is much bigger than MykSpace ever was, it will still be a challenge to remain relevant for another decade.