Happy Birthday Facebook!

By Morgan Moore

Published 02/03 2014 03:32PM

Updated 02/03 2014 06:36PM

For a lot of folks it's hard to believe that there was life before Facebook, but just ten years ago the site didn't even exist.

Facebook is celebrating a milestone on Tuesday as it turns a decade old, and many here in the Valley say it's become something they just couldn't live without.

"One of my friends got a computer. And I just thought it was the coolest thing so I just begged my mom for so long to get me a computer," said founder Mark Zuckerberg.

Who would have thought that founder Mark Zuckerber's simple desire for a computer would have turned into this?   

With 1.2 billion users, Facebook has come a long way over the past ten years.
For many, it's become a part of their everyday life.

"I use it all the time from anything socially with friends, my fraternity brothers, or even business stuff," said Indiana State University junior Drew Harvey.   

Starting out as way to help college students connect, the site has now gone public, and is open to users across the globe.

"It gives me updated information like I know that we have an impromptu meeting at eight on Tuesday now because I checked my Facebook today. I just think it really helps communication a great deal," said ISU sophomore Colt Barker.

Facebook isn't the same site we saw back in 2004, as technology has changed, so has the site, adding mobile apps and continuing to update their look.

"I can access it with my iPhone, my laptop, my iPad anything like that so you can use it anywhere really," said Harvey.
And it's not just bringing people together, it's changing the way we share details of our lives.

"Now there's not so much a need for nonverbal just because everything you have to put in writing. It has definitely changed the way people communicate," said ISU junior Alexis Joyner.

And now that Facebook has reached the double digits, it's truly cemented its place in history.

"Every other day there's some new social media fad, new craze that's going on, but I love Facebook," said Joyner.

And Facebook even changes the way we do our job at NBC 2.
Just yesterday we posted a picture that K-9 was missing from the Sullivan County Sheriff's Department, and thanks to viewers sharing that photo, officers were able to find the dog with in a matter of hours.

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