The world’s largest online social networking service, Facebook turns 12 on February 4th, with it’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg urging its 1.5 billion users to celebrate the feat as ‘Friends Day’.
The 31-year-old billionaire who disclosed this via a Facebook post, described how the journey started when he wrote the first code for the site in January 2004.
The idea behind the network was initially to help students at Zuckerberg’s college to connect with each other, and bring the community together. Today, millions of people around the world use Facebook to stay connected with friends and loved ones.
Zuckerberg called on Facebook users to celebrate the day (Feb. 4th) with him by sharing a story about friendships that have made a difference in their lives.
According to him, the acts of friendship, love and kindness we all share on Facebook is changing the world every day in ways we can’t fully measure.
His post read: “On February 4, I hope you’ll join me in celebrating ?#?friendsday? — a moment to celebrate the friendships that have made a difference in your life.
“If you have a story about friendship, I’d love to hear it. Please share and I’ll read as many of them as I can!
“Sometimes they just make people in our lives feel a bit more loved. Sometimes friendship becomes a force that sets us on a different path in life. Sometimes friendship moves the world,” he said.
Speaking on his focus for year 2016, the 31-year old said he wants to focus on Artificial Intelligence (AI), as he would love to use it to run his home and workplace.
“My personal challenge for 2016 is to build a simple AI to run my home and help me with my work. You can think of it kind of like Jarvis in Iron Man,” he posted earlier.
“I am going to start by exploring what technology is already out there. Then I’ll start teaching it to understand my voice to control everything in our home — music, lights, temperature and so on. I’ll teach it to let friends in by looking at their faces when they ring the doorbell.
“I will teach it to let me know if anything is going on in Max’s (his daughter) room that I need to check on when I’m not with her. On the work side, it’ll help me visualise data in VR (virtual reality) to help me build better services and lead my organisations more effectively,” he further wrote.
Over these 12 years, Facebook has ventured into a variety of projects, initiatives, and technologies with the idea of connecting more and more people across the globe.