Let’s take a step back in time to 2004 — it was the year “Friends” ended, our collective obsession with the Sidekick reached a fever pitch and George W. Bush was re-elected. Primetime TV consisted of shows like “The O.C.” and “Gilmore Girls” and the majority of our online interactions were limited to message boards, AIM and Ask Jeeves.
Until Feb. 4, 2004.
“Thefacebook.com” went live 15 years ago today and in the time since then, the world of social media has changed. Although then-Harvard student Mark Zuckerberg’s Facebook wasn’t the first social network on the tech scene, the platform caught our collective imagination. Interpersonal communication began moving even farther away from notes passed in class or Saturday night party lines with some of your closest friends. As social media grew, we could share news and family photos virtually and instantaneously over platforms like Friendster, Myspace and eventually Facebook.
Although recent headlines have cast a less than positive light on the company, Facebook generally remains popular. According to Pew, 68 percent of U.S. adults still use Facebook. And of that group, 74 percent of users visit the site at least once a day.
So to mark Facebook’s anniversary, we asked you about how social media changed your life — for better or for worse.