Yesterday, Facebook celebrated its 10th birthday. (You can check out a timeline of the highs and lows of the social network here.) In a Facebook post (obviously), CEO and co-founder Mark Zuckerberg took the time to thank all the people who had helped the company get to where it was (and of course, gave himself an ever-so-subtle pat on the back.) He also outlined his vision for Facebook being a source of global good, rather than just a social network.
Here are some excerpts from the post,
1. It wasn’t just for checking out girls! Zuckerberg wanted to connect the world
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.
2. Why Facebook succeeded where others had failed
When I reflect on the last 10 years, one question I ask myself is: why were we the ones to build this? We were just students. We had way fewer resources than big companies. If they had focused on this problem, they could have done it.
The only answer I can think of is: we just cared more.
While some doubted that connecting the world was actually important, we were building. While others doubted that this would be sustainable, you were forming lasting connections.
We just cared more about connecting the world than anyone else. And we still do today.
3. Look out for new, different products from Facebook
Today, social networks are mostly about sharing moments. In the next decade, they’ll also help you answer questions and solve complex problems.
Today, we have only a few ways to share our experiences. In the next decade, technology will enable us to create many more ways to capture and communicate new kinds of experiences.
4. Facebook will become a global problem solver (i.e. help get everyone on the internet)
The first ten years were about bootstrapping this network. Now we have the resources to help people across the world solve even bigger and more important problems.
Today, only one-third of the world’s population has access to the internet. In the next decade, we have the opportunity and the responsibility to connect the other two-thirds.
5. And finally, thanks for using Facebook in ways no one could have imagined.
It’s been amazing to see how all of you have used our tools to build a real community. You’ve shared the happy moments and the painful ones. You’ve started new families, and kept spread out families connected. You’ve created new services and built small businesses. You’ve helped each other in so many ways.
I’m so grateful to be able to help build these tools for you.