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Users reminisce about life before Facebook

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WATCH: Global's Adrian Cheung talks with people who reminisce about the days before Facebook on the social media network's 12th birthday. – Feb 4, 2016

WINNIPEG — The world’s most popular social media network turned 12-years-old Thursday.

Facebook has grown to 1.6 billion users since it first launched, and to celebrate the milestone the company created “Friends Day”, which is video of a user’s friendships through photos and life events.

However, before Facebook users took to their “walls” to wish friends a happy birthday, post pictures of their breakfast, or announce marriage proposals, how did people celebrate life milestones or connect with friends?

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Facebook and Twitter users have been remembering life before Facebook, with a social media trend that is sweeping the web. Using the hashtag #BeforeFacebookI, users are posting what life was like before the social network launched in February 4, 2004.

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Some Global News viewers commented their insight into a pre-Facebook world. Here is a look at some of them:

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Users reminisce about life before Facebook - image
Users reminisce about life before Facebook - image
Users reminisce about life before Facebook - image
Users reminisce about life before Facebook - image

Many of the Facebook comments had to do with how the social network has caused a distance with friendships and family, while others talked about how it has changed how we interact socially. Twitter users commented how “face-to-face” interaction has become a rarity.

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Global News Winnipeg’s reporters and anchors also chimed in about life before Facebook.

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