February 4, 2016 2:43 pm
Updated: February 9, 2016 5:09 pm

Facebook users celebrate social network’s 12th anniversary with #BeforeFacebookI

It’s hard to believe that Facebook is already celebrating its 12th anniversary. Nicole Bogart reports.


It’s hard to believe that Facebook is already celebrating its 12th anniversary.

The social network celebrated what it has dubbed “Friends Day” Thursday by offering users a look back at their memories on the social media site. The short video clips look similar to the company’s “Year in Review” feature; but, instead of featuring memorable posts from the last year, the feature highlights some of your most “liked” moments throughout your time on Facebook.

But, if the years-old pictures included in the videos weren’t reminder enough, a lot has changed since 2003 when Facebook first launched.

In what might be considered more appropriate celebration, Facebook users have begun sharing just how much their lives have changed using the hashtag #BeforeFacebookI.

Most of the tweets had to do with Facebook’s intrusive nature — from privacy concerns, to cyber stalking their friends’ every moves — while others pointed out how the social network has changed how we interact socially.

“Before Facebook I corresponded with email, wrote more personal notes and felt less self-promoting,” one Global News reader tweeted.

Six degrees of separation no longer, thanks to Facebook

Although Facebook has certainly caused some kinks in our social lives, there’s no doubt that we are more connected to people than ever before thanks to the website.

Over the past five years, the global Facebook community has more than doubled in size, according to the social network’s numbers. But Facebook’s researchers have also found that the degrees of separation between a typical pair of Facebook users has continued to decrease to 3.57 degrees, down from about 3.74 degrees in 2011.

“Our collective ‘degrees of separation’ have shrunk over the past five years. In 2011, researchers at Cornell, the Università degli Studi di Milano, and Facebook computed the average across the 721 million people using the site then, and found that it was 3.74 [4,5]. Now, with twice as many people using the site, we’ve grown more interconnected, thus shortening the distance between any two people in the world,” read the report.

For example, Mark Zuckerberg’s average degree of separation from everyone is 3.17 degrees.

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