You may have heard that Facebook celebrated its 10th birthday this week. Can you believe it's only been 10 years? I remember it like it was yesterday...but at the same time, it seems like it's been around my whole life (and not just a third of it). Let's also reflect on the fact that in the past 10 years my net worth has increased by about $4 (with a couple of Naked palletes that I could probably liquidate to bring my net worth up to about $75), whereas Mark Zuckerberg's has gone up by like $40 billion. And we're roughly the same age. That's such an encouraging fact...
Anyway, like everyone else on earth (or FB), I made one of those little 10 year videos yesterday. And I can't figure out a way to share that here, so...great story, Erika. But I think they're fun, and the music (which is the same on every single person's) makes me feel all teary even when the pictures/factoids aren't particularly sad. I will share, though, that according to both that little video AND my own personal research, this is the first profile picture I put on Facebook:
It's blurry because it was uploaded in 2006 and pictures maxed out at like 1kb back then. I probably got this thing off a floppy disk.
Also-- help me out. According to my 10 Year video, I joined FB in 2004. But this is my first profile picture, which was uploaded December 15, 2006...were there not profile pictures the first few years? Anyone remember? Or did those just get lost somewhere over the years? I really can't remember there ever not being profile pictures, but...I could be wrong.
This morning I saw a quick little video that told you how to find your Facebook 'number'-- as in, what number person you were to join. Mark was first...the rest of us fall in line somewhere behind him.
Now, since I was in college when FB started-- and FB was originally only open to certain colleges, mine among them-- I've always considered myself to be in the first group of people who got on board. Like, basically I discovered FB. I was on it before it was cool. (And I'm still on it, even though it's arguably less cool than ever...) But once I saw my 'number,' I felt like my whole life has been a lie. I think that in order to consider yourself one of the 'first,' you'd have to be at least in the first million users or so. And sadly...I'm not. If this thing can be believed, I was lucky number 4,904,526 to join The Facebooks. Womp womp.
However, I feel a little better when I look at my blog's Facebook page (which I just created in November). Created almost a decade after my personal profile, I come in strong at number 1,403,012,343,270,805...which does not even look like a real number to me. Like...isn't that waaaaay more than the whole world's population or something? Then again, I guess lots of people/companies/webpages have multiple pages, so it could make sense.
Anyway. I think you should look up your own personal FB number. Anyone else in the neighborhood of 4.9 million? That means we probably joined like...the same week. Or day, who knows. Wouldn't that be weird? If you joined earlier than me, feel free to keep that info to yourself. I like to be the best, which is obviously measured by how early you joined Facebook.