Happy 10th Birthday, Facebook!

10 years ago we had virtually no contact with the rest of the world.  Not really.  We couldn’t see friends’ children blow out their 5 candles nor admire the view from the top of that well-hiked mountain.  With unlimited appeal to look over that garden fence, Facebook has allowed us to see right into people’s lives.  (for better or for worse).

2014-02-04 11.21.04So as Facebook turns 10 today (leaving aside any of the gripes), we have never been better connected.  The social network giant – with now more than 1.2 billion monthly users – allows us to share and over-share to our hearts’ content.

To celebrate (with Mark Z) I thought I’d list my top 5 loves of Facebook:

1)   sharing… I love that friends and family far and wide share the minutiae of their lives.  There’s no doubt about it:  the Brits have become better sharers.

2)   Wit… those who I wouldn’t necessarily have down as stand-up comedians have revealed themselves on this network as truly amusing.

3)   Love … Facebook with its like function truly helps to spread a little love.

4)   Reminders… birthdays have never been so difficult to forget.

5)   Effortless… it takes a matter of minutes to catch up with a few hundred friends (unless you time-waste)

6)   Eyeballs… to the blog. Of course. (for this I am most grateful!)

Of course, there is plenty about the big blue boy that we don’t like.  A feeling of being controlled?  Bored of your neighbour’s cat photos? But sometimes it seems more fashionable to say that you hate Facebook than admit that you like it.

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Happy 10th Birthday, Facebook!

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  1. Agree to ALL the above. Perfectly put.

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