Have you heard of Friends Day, or #FriendsDay? If not, you're going to today, and in years to come.
It's a day when people like you are encouraged to celebrate your friends, notably the ones you've reconnected with or made online. "When people connect, powerful things happen and lives are changed," as Facebook explains it.
Friends Day is something Facebook started to celebrate its anniversary. Mark Zuckerberg (photo next page) launched Facebook 12 years ago today, February 4.
To celebrate, Facebook released a few really cool features today. That includes Friends Day Videos. Facebook has taken your special moments and stitched them together. It's a way to share your memories with your friends. Note: You can edit your Friends Day Video.
You can watch your Friends Day video in your News Feed. Or, click on the Watch Yours link underneath a friend's Friends Day Video.
Posted by Facebook on Tuesday, February 2, 2016
You remember that game, Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon? It's a fun mental challenge to link other actors to Bacon, by six degrees of separation or less.
On Facebook, the average user is separated by another Facebook user by just 3.57 degrees, down from 3.74 in 2011. Facebook uses an algorithm to come up with that number. (See image below.)
It just means that you're connected to another person by an average 3.57 hops. For example, your new Facebook friend's boss may be your brother-in-law's best friend's father. Log in to Facebook and open this page, to find out your degree of separation.
Facebook has also released two new, free stickers on its Sticker Store page: Best Friends and Friendship. They're cute cartoons with friendly sayings you can share with your friends.
There's one more really cool way to celebrate Friends Day: In person. Facebook's GirlCrew, for example, is a group of 22,000 women in 40 cities around the world (so far). GirlCrew, and other Facebook groups, set up events where they meet other, and hang out.
Note: That's what Zuckerberg is doing in this photo, with Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg (center, seated), and Facebook members. They hung out at Facebook's California headquarters.