Facebook’s 10th Anniversary

In 10 Short Years, Facebook Has Changed The World.

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Today marks the 10th Anniversary of Facebook. FB was not the first social media platform by any stretxch of the imagination. Before Facebook, many of my generation were MySpacers who had come there from Friendster who started at Live Journal or maybe even before that. The revolutionary thing that Facebook did was to create a platform people of all walks of life wanted to use because it brought people together better than anything before it.

Facebook was and is simple and uncomplicated. I remember resisting joining because I was committed to MySpace, at the time. My initial problem with it was it’s lack of customization. With MySpace, I could add moving widgets and code that allowed me to swap out backgrounds every day…which I thought was cool. I use to design websites in the 90s so my aesthetic was still tainted by that. I’ve come to love the design of Facebook for the exact opposite years later because the basic cleanliness of it is what made it attractive to people who I never would have thought would embrace this sort of thing. My mother is on Facebook!

Since I’ve joined, the platform has become more and more important to my life because it’s a portion of what I do professionally. Facebook has made a huge difference in my ability to network in my new home of Cleveland as well as globally.

In Mark Zuckerberg’s 10th Anniversary post on his Facebook Page, he had a lot of insightful things to say with the most important being this:

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.

I think that statement is so empowering for small businesses and entrepreneurs. Your idea, business, service…whatever…it can change the world regardless of who you are. It’s literally the American Dream realized. I can attest that business moves fast and big business moves slow. That means small lean operations have the edge in ways most don’t realize. Have a very specific vision, fill a niche, and don’t try to do it all…just do something better than anyone else. It sounds simple but it’s pretty much the only difference between businesses that go away and ones that change the world.

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