Celebrating 10 years of ‘hot’ (or not) Facebook innovations

BY Colleen Shalby and Frank Bi  February 20, 2014 at 5:15 PM EDT
Photo by REUTERS/Beck Diefenbach

Happy 10th birthday, Facebook. Photo by REUTERS/Beck Diefenbach.

Ten years ago, on Feb. 4, 2004, TheFacebook.com was born. What started as a website for Harvard University students has become a networking site of more than 1.2 billion people that has transformed our language, culture and identity. Facebook has shaped the way we communicate, connect and share our lives with the world — for better and for worse.


The site has seen several changes since its launch, from dropping the initial “the” in the url, adding pokes, status updates, transitioning from “The Wall” to Timeline. Of all of Facebook’s most Facebook-y features from the past 10 years, we ask: Which do you “like”?