Facebook was launched in 2004 by a dude named Mark Zuckerburg. It originally started out as a private network for Harvard students, then expanded to include all Ivy League schools, then all colleges, and then eventually, every human being on the planet (presumably, aliens will be allowed to join at some point in the future). Over the span of just a few years, Facebook has gone from a college kid’s list of friends to one of the most popular websites on the internet (after my blog, of course).

So why is Facebook so popular, and how has it changed the way we interact? Well, never before has it been this easy for us to connect with each other. I can track down a friend who I haven’t talked to since high school, who is halfway around the world from me, and instantly become a part of their life (whether they like it or not!), without ever leaving my house. Imagine trying to do that 10 years ago, before online social networking. There’s just no way! I might have been able to find an address and send them an occasional letter, or give them a call on the phone every now and then, or drop by their house unannounced at 3 in the morning, but it wouldn’t even come close to the amount of interaction possible on Facebook. It’s like Christmas morning for stalkers.

Online social networking is one of those inventions that has changed the way we interact with the world, and with each other. Never before in history have we had a way to stay in such close, constant contact with so many people without ever having to see them. Friends can stay in touch even after moving away from each other, grandparents can hear every detail and see every picture of their new grandchildren no matter how far away they live. We can chat, view pictures, and even play games with our friends and families without actually having to talk to them (for a lot of people, this is the best part). We can even connect with businesses, musicians, celebrities, and blogs (while we’re on that subject, be sure to become a fan of Joe’s Place on Facebook!), and meet other fans from all over the world.

When you think about it, it’s kinda hard to remember how we lived without it. Like my pal Adrian wrote in his blog earlier, a few years ago before cell phones, and the internet, and Facebook were around, we all got along fine. But now that we’ve got all those things, I don’t know how I got by without them. I don’t know what I’d do if I couldn’t get on Facebook at any given time to find out what all my friends are up to. It just goes to show how much a part of our lives and our culture Facebook has become.

Facebook has been evolving and changing since it was first launched. A few years ago, when I first joined, you had to be a college student in order to join. Not long after that, they opened it to high school students. Then, shortly after that, they opened it to the general public. It’s gone through a lot of changes since then, and it’s only getting more popular. According to Wikipedia, traffic on Facebook has increased exponentially since 2009, and it has just about overtaken Google as the most popular website in the universe. Facebook has already been a game-changer as far as the way we interact with each other, and it’s only getting bigger. I have to wonder what the next step in Facebook’s evolution will be…