Happy Birthday, Facebook: A look back

Facebook – the project that began in a student’s dorm and went on to become one of the greatest internet success stories of all time – is celebrating its 10th birthday.

Facebook is celebrating by giving its audience of 1.23 billion people a way to relive their digital history on the network with a special release called Look Back.

Look Back lets members on the Web or mobile either watch a personalized movie, view a collection of their top photos, or read a “thank you” card from the company, depending on how much content they have posted to the service. Those who get the movie will be able to edit the posts that are included in their little Facebook flicks.

“It’s been an incredible journey so far, and I’m so grateful to be a part of it. It’s been amazing to see how people have used Facebook to build a real community and help each other in so many ways,” Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said in a statement. “In the next decade, we have the opportunity and responsibility to connect everyone and to keep serving the community as best we can.”

Ten years ago Tuesday, Mark Zuckerberg launched a social website called from his Harvard dorm room. In the ensuing decade, the social media network now known simply as Facebook has gained 1.23 billion monthly active users and a $150 billion market capitalization.

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