On February 4, Facebook marked its 20th anniversary, tracing its roots back to Mark Zuckerberg’s Harvard dormitory, where he launched ‘thefacebook.com’ in 2004. The journey over two decades has transformed the social media platform into a global phenomenon, connecting more than 3 billion users monthly as of 2023—a remarkable three per cent increase from the previous year.
To commemorate this milestone, the 39-year-old tech mogul, now heading Meta Platforms Inc., took to Instagram, a platform owned by Meta, sharing a captivating montage video featuring glimpses of the past 20 years. In the video, Mr. Zuckerberg reflects, “20 years ago, I launched a thing. Along the way, lots of amazing people joined, and we built some more awesome things. We’re still at it, and the best is yet to come.”
The montage kicks off with the phrase, “I have a feeling this is going to go by really fast,” before transitioning to the nostalgic tones of Aerosmith’s “Dream On.”
The footage delves into the early days, featuring Mr. Zuckerberg alongside his initial companions and colleagues, notably Edwardo Saverin, a co-founder of Facebook. Their complex relationship, marked by legal battles depicted in the 2010 film “The Social Network,” unfolded when Mr. Zuckerberg reduced Mr. Saverin’s Facebook shares, leading to lawsuits and allegations of financial impropriety.
Notably, Mr. Zuckerberg’s wife, Priscilla Chan, and former Meta Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg, who stepped down in 2022, make appearances in the video, highlighting the integral role played by these individuals in the platform’s evolution.
On his Instagram account, Mr. Zuckerberg shared a series of reflective posts, including a captivating then-and-now picture, captioned, “20 years in. Still at it,” showcasing the evolution of his workspace over two decades.
The article concludes by noting the significant rebranding in late 2021, when Facebook changed its parent company name to “Meta.” This move aligns with Zuckerberg’s vision of the “metaverse” as the next major computing platform—a virtual, immersive world that goes beyond traditional social media.
In a financial twist, Meta Platforms Inc. Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg is set to receive an impressive annual payout of about $700 million from the social media giant’s inaugural dividend for investors.
Mark Zuckerberg’s journey from ‘thefacebook.com’ to the metaverse encapsulates not only the evolution of a social media giant but also the visionary strides towards a digital future, where immersive experiences redefine the way we connect and interact online.