Facebook turns nine – a celebration in birthday memes

4 Feb 2013

Nearly a decade and 1bn users later, social networking giant Facebook shows no signs of slowing down on the ninth anniversary of its launch today.

Facebook went live on 4 February 2004, the creation of Harvard University students Mark Zuckerberg, Eduardo Saverin, Andrew McCollum, Dustin Moskovitz, and Chris Hughes.

Originally only open to Harvard students, the site now has users from around the world and like its user numbers, Facebook keeps growing and changing.

Just last month Facebook introduced Graph Search, the latest feature among Timeline, Messaging, Video Calling, and the Like button, to name a few, and with the release of its most recent financial results, Zuckerberg, Facebook’s CEO, touched upon the company’s evolution.

“In 2012, we connected over a billion people and became a mobile company,” Zuckerberg said.

“We enter 2013 with good momentum and will continue to invest to achieve our mission and become a stronger, more valuable company.”

In our nod to Facebook on its ninth ‘birthday’, we celebrate the milestone with one of the most common types of images posted across the site – memes.





Grumpy Cat


And we couldn’t resist a couple of e-cards for good measure:




Tina Costanza was a journalist and sub-editor at Silicon Republic