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Facebook Celebrates 10th Birthday

Juana Arias/The Washington Post/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Facebook you see now is almost unrecognizable compared to the version that debuted 10 years ago on Tuesday.

Even the name is different. The social network was officially called "The Facebook" when it launched on Feb. 4, 2004.  It dropped the "The" from its name in 2005.

Facebook started as a digital playground for Harvard students and has since transformed into a tech behemoth -- something its founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg never expected would happen.

"People often ask if I always knew that Facebook would become what it is today. No way," he wrote in a post Tuesday morning.

Today, Facebook boasts more than 1.2 billion users worldwide.

"It's been an amazing journey so far, and I'm so grateful to be a part of it. It's rare to be able to touch so many people's lives, and I try to remind myself to make the most of every day and have the biggest impact I can," Zuckerberg said.

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