Facebook celebrates 10 years of 'likes,' shares and posts about your cat

Facebook celebrates 10 years of 'likes,' shares and posts about your cat
FILE - This May 11, 2012 file photo, shows workers at the Facebook office in Menlo Park, Calif. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) — It started off as "The FaceBook," a way for kids on the campus of Harvard University to stay connected socially, through the Internet.

But the brainchild of Mark Zuckerberg would end up taking over the world.

Just 10 years ago it was almost nonexistent. Now, it's part of the everyday lexicon.

Tuesday marks the 10th anniversary of Facebook's launch on Feb. 4, 2004.

According to USA Today, that social networking site that was born in a Harvard dorm room and developed in a home in Silicon Valley has grown to 1.23 billion monthly active users.

There are 201.6 billion friend connections and there have been nearly 8 trillion messages sent.

That photo of your food or your cat you posted and shared on Facebook was just one of the 400 billion photos shared to date.

A site that's liked by billions had simple, if not persistent, beginnings.

In a story from CNN, Zuckerberg broke down his humble beginnings.

"One of my friends got a computer. And I just thought it was the coolest thing, so I just begged my mom for so long to get me a computer," Zuckerberg said.

So, do you thank his friend or his mom?

Either way, it was a single computer that sparked the inferno that is now an addiction to many.