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Facebook at 10: An amazing success story

Last updated on: February 03, 2014 20:09 IST

Image: Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg walks with his wife Priscilla Chan at the annual Allen and Co. conference at the Sun Valley, Idaho Resort
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Facebook - with more than 1.2 billion users worldwide - is celebrating its 10th birthday amidst challenges of keeping its original base of young users with new innovative social networks coming to the fore.

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Facebook at 10: An amazing success story


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The company was launched by Mark Zuckerberg on February 4, 2004, from Harvard University.

The site was conceived as a way to connect students, and let them build an online identity for themselves, 'Computer World' reported.

Facebook at 10: An amazing success story


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According to the company's own recent figures, the social networking site has since expanded to cover a large swath of the world, with more than 1.2 billion people using its site on a monthly basis.

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Facebook at 10: An amazing success story

Image: Mark Zuckerberg in Menlo Park, California.
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Zuckerberg, who turns 30 in May, reflected on the 10-year milestone at an industry conference in Silicon Valley last week.

He said he never envisioned Facebook, which made him one of the wealthiest people in the world, becoming so large or influential at the start.

Facebook at 10: An amazing success story


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"It didn't even occur to me that it could be us," Zuckerberg said. Since then, Facebook's site and its business, now a public company, have changed dramatically, the report said.

Facebook at 10: An amazing success story

Image: Employees are shown in their working environment at the new headquarters of Facebook in Menlo Park, California.
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The company was slow to react to the important mobile market, however, last week it reported that more than half its ad revenue now comes from mobile devices, the report said.

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Facebook at 10: An amazing success story

Image: Employees are shown in their working environment at the new headquarters of Facebook in Menlo Park, California.
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Among the growing challenges is the soaring popularity of smartphone apps that let people share images, videos, thoughts or observations at any moment.

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Image: US President Barack Obama with Mark Zuckerberg in Palo Alto, California.
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Social networking sites such as Pinterest, Twitter and SnapChat have sparked concerns that Facebook which set a social networking trend in motion may be losing its original teen base.

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Facebook at 10: An amazing success story

Image: Mark Zuckerberg at Facebook headquarters in Palo Alto, California.
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A recent Princeton University study suggested that Facebook may lose around 80 per cent of its users over the next three years, a claim which was challenged by the social networking site.

Facebook at 10: An amazing success story

Image: A smartphone user shows the Facebook application on his phone in the central Bosnian town of Zenica, in this photo illustration.
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According to a recent report in iStrategyLabs, Facebook lost more than 3 million users in the age group of 13 and 17 between January 2011 and January 2014. 

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