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On February 4, 2004, Mark Zuckerberg and his co-founders created Facebook, a social media platform that has had a profound impact on how we communicate, present ourselves, and consume media. Today, nearly 40% of the world's population has a Facebook account, with over 2 billion daily active users. Despite its decline, the platform remains relevant. However, when Facebook was first created, it was limited to Harvard students and later opened up to the public in 2006. It was a platform for creating relationships and sharing information, but lacked the features and monetization opportunities it has today.
On this day 10 years ago, the way we communicate and share information forever changed.
Facebook was not the first social media site, as platforms like GeoCities, Classmates.com, and SixDegrees.com existed before it. However, Facebook's ability to open up to the public and its subsequent growth and monetization options set it apart. It paved the way for the social media landscape we know today, where platforms like TikTok and Instagram play integral roles in our daily lives.
It's not that Facebook was the first social media site.