Can you imagine your life without a tool as conventional as a smart device? Better yet, can you imagine the industrialized world without the framework of a social media platform in which the world becomes openly smaller globally connecting billions of individuals exercising their power and freedom of expression?
Recently, during a live broadcast of the new hit show “Technocrats” a similar question was posed to viewers on Facebook Live; what would life and communication look like today without Facebook? This question ignited a flurry of Facebook Messenger’s responses.
A great majority of messengers could not imagine their life without the social media platform. Several stated they would certainly be bored, lonely, or simply more productive in life with the extra time. Truly, Facebook has become a staple tool intertwined in the everyday lives of its 1 Billion plus users that make it a cultural, economic and social phenomenon.
Facebook is presently ranked #157 on the Fortune 500, and the worldwide leader for on-line social media and social networking services. Mark Zuckerberg founded Facebook in 2004, along with fellow Harvard College students. At its inception, Facebook had a measure of success in academia, yet it was riddled with great controversy and limited financial resources. Yet, it did not despair. After forging alliances with venture capitalists, it experienced rapid growth and new footing in business advertising and marketing.
This new area of focus spiraled Facebook upwards into becoming one of America’s fastest growing companies while staying in adherence to its mission to “give people the power to share and make the world more open and connected”. Certainly, Facebook has already accomplished just that. Its website drives one-fourth of all the web traffic, which makes it the second most visited website on the worldwide web and the world’s largest social network.
Nevertheless, Facebook has not been resting on its laurels as the pinnacle for social networking. CEO Zuckerberg is staying true to his original mission, while at the same time enacting a new ambitious 10-year plan for the company back in April 2016.
At last week’s Facebook 2017 F8 Developers Conference in San Jose, California, CEO Mark Zuckerberg shed some light on his 10-year road map. Zuckerberg references this road map to substantiate Facebook’s three-stage strategy moving forward. First, his team embarks further to develop a systematic, state of the art technology such as Artificial Intelligence (AI), Virtual Reality (VR), Augmented Reality (AR), and Connectivity. Secondly, build and integrate products such as Messenger, WhatsApp and Workplace. Lastly, use technologies and products to form a synergy establishing an ecosystem where developers and enterprises can leverage that technology to either form or increase business.
One of the biggest takeaways from the F8 conference came after Zuckerberg provided specific details about his strategic plan. He invited audience members to envision the planet as Facebook does in 2026. By this time, the entire world has internet access likely via the Internet.org initiative using drones as the delivery point. All humans will coalesce via Facebook’s cutting-edge infrastructure that interconnects their portfolio of advanced technologies. The social network’s plans for its premier technologies augmented and virtual reality engenders a mixed-reality world powered by both developers and user communities.
So, as many of you readers would agree, I cannot imagine my life without Facebook. It enables us to post a bio of our unique life experiences, share likes / dislikes, and empower a revolution for positive change. It is the go-to-place for users to build and rekindle friendships, conduct business, and receive the latest trending news.
As presented at this year’s F8 conference, Facebook is not oblivious to its competitors and the desires of its stakeholders. It is staying on-course with its mission while exploring and innovating new technologies to integrate in its ecosystem.
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About the Author: Jonathan D. Davis is a technology geek, entrepreneur, minister, educator, and dedicated mentor to children. He has over 18 years of experience in the telecommunications and electrical industry. He has traveled extensively, while serving in a wide assortment of IT roles including Research Support Engineer and Subject Matter Expert. A native of Shreveport, Louisiana, Jonathan caught the technology bug at a very young age. Since then, he has developed a curious knack for identifying the next game changing technology and technological innovation. From the age of four years old, he showed early signs of his gift by his enjoyment of taking any piece of electronic hardware apart to see how they worked and putting each back together. Shortly after, a school field trip sparked his excitement in learning about robotics, electronic gaming, and aerospace. He became inspired by his favorite inventors, Granville T. Woods and Nikola Tesla who are Mechanical and Electrical Engineers, to pursue an education in the same disciplines. He currently serves as an IT Business Consultant with AstroTesla, LLC.