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You’ve come a long way, baby

February 4, 2009

Facebook turns five today, and founder Mark Zuckerberg took a moment yesterday to reflect on the social networking site’s journey from a Harvard dorm room to an online hangout spot for 150 million people. It hasn’t been easy, Zuckerberg wrote in a blog post.

But “the challenge motivates us to keep innovating and pushing technical boundaries to produce better ways to share information,” he wrote.

And so in the spirit of sharing, Facebook members can “Give Thanks” to their online buddies via a free virtual gift today.

“In the spirit of celebrating connections between people, we encourage you to use this gift to give thanks to your friends, colleagues and family members with whom you are connected on Facebook,” Zuckerberg wrote.

The gift itself isn’t much: just a simple card with “Thanks” written across in purple, one of the handful of free virtual gifts available from the Facebook Gift Shop. No flying Ninjas or cuddling penguins, which cost $1 and are a steady source of revenue for the social networking site.

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