The introduction of ‘Friends Day Videos’ by Facebook for the community to celebrate the importance of friendship creates excitement amongst young people.
On February 4, Facebook marked its 12 year anniversary and invited the world to celebrate and reflect on the importance of connecting.
Worldwide, there are over 1.55 billion monthly active Facebook users (MAUs) which is a 14 percent increase year over year. (Source: Facebook as of 9/30/15).
“For the first time I was able to put together a collage of photos and made them available for my friends to see. It’s like a picture book,” Moses Sankoh said of his experience.
“To help our community celebrate the importance of friendship, we’re delivering a personalized Friends Day video to millions of people around the world. These videos stitch together special moments with your friends in a short film that can be edited and shared. People can view their video at the top of News Feed, or by clicking “Watch Yours” below a friend’s Friends Day video,”
Mark Zuckerberg asked Facebook users to share their stories of friendship for #friendsday on Feb. 4, when Facebook celebrates its 12th birthday.
In a Facebook post, Zuckerberg said “friendsday” is “a moment to celebrate the friendships that have made a difference in your life.”
“The acts of friendship, love and kindness we all share on Facebook are changing the world every day in ways we can’t fully measure” he wrote. “Sometimes they just make people in our lives feel a bit more loved. Sometimes friendship becomes a force that sets us on a different path in life. Sometimes friendship moves the world.”
Zuckerberg encouraged Facebook users to celebrate the occasion last year too.
“To give people a fun way to show friends they care, we’re releasing two sticker packs called “Best Friends” and “Friendship.” These packs are now available to download for free in the Sticker Store, which can be accessed in Messenger or at facebook.com/stickers”.
This Friends Day, take a moment to connect with your friends, share your Friends Day videos, and post using the hashtag #friendsday.
A report from Facebook states that Friends Day is also an occasion to celebrate extraordinary stories about the power of friendship. GirlCrew, a Facebook group originally created in Dublin, empowers women to find friends and organize events in their area. There are now 22,000 people in GirlCrew Facebook groups in more than 40 cities worldwide.
Earlier this week, Facebook hosted an intimate Friends Day event where 18 members of the Facebook community with incredible stories, including GirlCrew, were invited to visit the Menlo Park headquarters.