The naughty boy named “Facebook” turns 10. The King (rather prince) of social media celebrates its 10th year since the time his dad Mark Zuckerberg opened it up to all the students with an ‘harvard.edu’ email address.
Since when did we start celebrating birthdays of websites?
Greeted first thing in the morning, Facebook has managed to beat face wash in the race of “wake me ups.” News feeds kick in faster than the freshly brewed coffee in your morning cuppa. It is actually the buzzing life (literally so) of most smart phones and a perfect antidote to boredom.
“Boredom: the desire for desires” Leo Tolstoy
Facebook has taken ‘connectivity’ to another level. You are in ‘touch’ with old and new friends and relatives, and some ‘only FB friends’. Something that you probably would never have done, willingly!
Remember Orkut? How his younger cousin called Facebook sidelined it
Facebook has managed to conveniently erase the word “privacy” from the English dictionary. Since the last ten years this little creature has made home in most hearts and currently enables about 1.19 billion monthly active users to share emotions, opinions, life updates, photos, videos and so much more with their network of friends.
What happened to “phone a friend” policy?
Naughty boy has made so many of us dependent on him. Facebook is addictive. It has hooked on corporates, small and private business in the same way that it has roped in individuals. Whether it is a product image or a selfie , we rely on this mischevious body to take our message across to our network of friends and their friends and their friends and eventually back to us.
Like one of those Eid cakes that you give to someone, goes around town the whole day and eventually comes back to you by day end.
Facebook has a world of knowledge. Ranging from Rumi to Maya Angelou we have daily inspirational quotes to teach us about life and love. And if all else fails we have the lovely Aunt Acid to make us smirk at her own expense. Sports, food, music, cars, and religion you name it and Facebook would readily support you in providing opinion, insight and a wealth of information.
Will this naughty boy eventually murder books and libraries?
Whilst this young lad has managed to give a reason to smile and rejoice to many, it has also increased a lot of negative sentiments amongst its users. It has given rise to resentment, envy, conflict and misunderstandings. Travel updates, ‘checked in’ statements, and pretty selfies – create more wrong impressions and raised eyebrows than right and straight ones.
Do we really need yet another negativity in life?
To celebrate its 10th birthday darling Facebook came up with yet another new feature called the “Lookback”. A one-minute trip down memory lane capturing the lovely moments shared on Facebook since the time we allowed it to enter our lives.
Does the “Lookback” really reveal what actually happened in our lives in the last 10 years?
I realize that I have openly invited criticism from die-hard lovers of this 10 year old little beast. And for my own sake I better run and bake a cake… after all Facebook is a decade old. Happy Budday to you!
Chances are you will have read this through a link on Facebook :)