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East Texans reflect on 10 years of Facebook


 Ten years ago began the age of the social network.

"Facebook was the new thing and MSM slowly died," Angelina College student Anthony Schrader said. "Honestly no [I didn't think it was going to make it]. I didn't know where it was headed."

But Facebook didn't go away, it only got bigger and now it's hard to imagine the world without the social networking site.

Law enforcement has even caught on.

"It's instantaneous almost," Sgt. Greg Sowell with the Nacogdoches Police Department said. "On all of our releases we just make it a routine to put it on Facebook."

It has also given a new place for criminals to lurk who use the site to reach out to their victims.

"Parents should be careful who their children add and for that matter adults should be careful about who they friend," Sowell said. "You get friend request every day. I know I do from people who you have no idea of who they are."

The classroom has also caught on.

 "What people use is always changing and if we want to be relevant as educators then we have to change," Huntington ISD Assistant Superintendent Maria Bentacourt-Smith said.

Students in high school are blocked from using the site on campus, but college students can see where the there could be an issue.

"I can see where it could be a problem, but at the same though you can use it correctly and don't abuse it could actually come to your advantage," Schrader said.

The site has also become a source for income.

"We have sales that are for our Facebook friends only and that have generated some interest," Nacogdoches Floral owner James Ballow said.

So as much as it has grown in 10 years will Facebook be a thing of the past?

"I wouldn't be surprised in 10 years if we aren't using something else," Smith said.

"It's definitely going to have to evolve, because if it doesn't evolve it's going to die out," Schrader said.

Facebook is celebrating its tenth birthday by giving a special present to all its users.

They created a personalized video for each user, based on their submissions to the social network over the years.

The Look Back videos put your photos, status and events to music for a quick one-minute retrospective.

Users will receive a notification of the video, or can click here: https://www.facebook.com/lookback

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