Facebook has been around for so long now, ten years to be specific, that for many it is hard to imagine a time without the social networking site. And even the criticism, mostly around its ever changing privacy policies, hasn't kept the majority of netizens away from Facebook.
In fact, Mark Zuckerberg proudly acknowledges this in his tenth anniversary note.
“Today, social networks are mostly about sharing moments,” he wrote. “Today, we have only a few ways to share our experiences. In the next decade, technology will enable us to create many more ways to capture and communicate new kinds of experiences.”
And so, it wouldn't be too bold to say that it has impacted many lives across the world.
Marking this idea and occassion, a Facebook initiative called Facebook Stories, has created a compilation of 10 poignant accounts that chronicle Facebook's influence in the lives of people as well as organisations. Some of these narratives are already familiar to many like the story of Humans of New York that inspired so many around the world; while other lesser heard of gems like the story of the homeless poet Raimundo Arruda Sobrinho whose life turned around after a lady created a Facebook page for him. Or even the astoundingly brilliant story of two strangers who met on Facebook only to later realise that they are twins.
Facebook Stories created some videos, articles and infographics to narrate the tales of how the social networking website touched the lives and in many a cases even changed it.
So here they are, the ten stories Facebook wants to share with you:
1. Weaving Connections: an artist collaborates with craftswomen in Kenya
2. The Conditioned: a Facebook page changes a homeless poet's life
3. Twinsters: two strangers who realise they might be twins
In a rather cool infographic display, Facebook tells the story of how Anaïs and Samantha, two estranged twins who find each other on the website. The duo are now producing a Kickstarter-funded movie called the Twinsters. Watch their pitch video here:
4. Humans of New York: a photographer is discovered
Incidently, the creator of Human's of New York page even shared his experience of being followed around for the video:
5. The Librarian: a culture finds its voice
6. Kimmy and Will: a story of love and loss told through Facebook
This tear-jerker love story with an extremely tragic ending is told through an infographs of posts from the couple Facebook wall. The heart wrenching tale, as evident from the comments to this post, echos with the many families torn apart by war.
7. Anchored: a Facebook ad unexpectedly connects two people across the world
8. Eyes: after 25 years, a Swedish rock band finally gets its encore
9. DIY Rainbow: a chalk movement spreads pride across Australia
Facebook proved to be a very important ally in the LGBT movement this year, especially in India following the Supreme Court ruling that criminalised homosexuality. Facebook campaigns like 'Gay for a day' attracted tremendous solidarity across social media. In a similar act of solidarity and to celebrate Australia's 35th anniversary of the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, the page from a chalk campaign DIY Rainbow kick started.
10. The Knowledge: on the road to becoming an elite London cabbie
This video tells the story of Patric McGuinness, who after spending 15 years in jail, is now a leader in his community who volunteers with at risk kids and always advocates for the power of a second chance.
While these are a select few of the many stories that come from the popular social media website, Facebook Stories didn't just stop there. A final post on the page calls out to readers to create their own video that will allow them to share their Facebook moments.
These personal stories can be created and viewed here.