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Your Facebook First Impressions

As Facebook turns 10, we asked you to reflect on when you joined and your first impressions of the service.


  1. Many remembered having joined when Facebook was still just for college students.

  2. Matt wroteMy first impression of facebook was that it was an absolutely genius necessity. Initially, it was used as a status symbol. I graduated high school in 2006 when a college email was needed to sign up. After getting that acceptance letter, high school seniors would sign up and start exploring the social network. The second fantastic use of facebook at the time was to coordinate with your roommate. It was easy to learn your random roommate’s interests, have conversations, and even plan how to split who brings the microwave or the toaster to that first day of college.
  3. Fall of 2004 or early 2005. I loved looking at who was going to be in my classes at MSU.
  4. I joined in 2004 or 2005-ish because I had a friend at school on the East Coast who had heard about it. It was great for me because I went to school pretty far away from most people I knew at the time, so it was fun to keep up with them. Since I've moved a number of times since then, that's still primarily what I use it for.
  5. Some signed up when it was still competing with MySpace. 

  6. Not sure I think like 07 maybe, I had one before that, and a few friends had it but it was confusing. I had MYSPACE, but that was fading as everyone had Facebook.
  7. I joined Facebook July 30th, 2009 (according to my timeline); shortly after abandoned MySpace
  8. Brady wrote: I was actually very disappointed the first time I used Facebook in September, 2007. It felt like MySpace, but with fewer features. “This will never catch on until they let users actually customize their pages,” I told friends, “That’s what makes MySpace so popular.”

    Ha. Good thing I’m not an investor.

  9. People appreciated the ability to be in touch with people both near and far. 

  10. October 17, 2008 - I joined because I found a student's drivers license on campus, and figured it was the best way to let them know I turned it in to the campus police. It was!
  11. Joined immediately after FB allowed non college students and found it helpful in staying in contact with my son while he attended college
  12. My first impressions of FB was a little iffy. That was in 2008. Subsequently it has been life changing for me. Ok not that melodramatic but it's pretty awesome. Got in touch with most of my school friends and my wonderful cousins after years of moving from one place to another.
  13. I joined 5 years ago. And, until about a year ago, I thought it was simply an exercise in low-brow narcissism: "see my pretty children," "here we are at the beach making dumb faces ...." That sort of thing. Since that time, facebook has managed to turn me on to a number of cultural events that interest me. And I've also used it to locate people I haven't been in contact with for years.
  14. Of course, there are some who don't reminisce quite as fondly.