Today is Facebook's 13th birthday.
We take this moment to reflect on friendship and bringing people together. The world needs more of that right now.
Lately I've been reflecting on how we can do even more to bring people together. We've mostly focused on connecting you with friends and family so far. Friendship is one of the greatest sources of meaning and happiness in our lives. But there is more we must build to help people come together.
We need communities. Our communities -- whether they're churches, sports teams or other local groups -- are an important part of our social fabric. They provide us with a sense of purpose and hope, knowing we are part of something bigger than ourselves. They take care of us and look out for our social, emotional and spiritual needs. They reinforce our values.
We need safety. We come together to support each other when times are tough. There is more we can all do to help keep our community safe -- to prevent disasters, help during them or rebuild afterwards. Whether that's Safety Check in emergencies or Amber Alerts to find missing children, we can help our community come together to keep each other safe.
We need an informed society. We can only have a shared discourse if we have common ground. Giving everyone a voice increases diversity of perspectives, but there is more we can do to build a shared perspective -- to reduce polarization, sensationalism and misinformation. This is an important social function for enabling people to come together.
We need civic engagement. Our society and governments reflect our values when we all participate in this process. This is an important institution to bring people together to decide what we will do together. Our community has helped millions of people vote, connect with elected leaders, and march to demonstrate their values. We can help even more people come together.
Friends Day is especially meaningful for me as I reflect on all the friendships and the community that have sustained me since I started Facebook 13 years ago. It has been an incredible period, yet we have so much work ahead to bring people together.
On this Friends Day, I hope you take a minute today and reach out to someone -- no matter where they are -- and tell them how much they mean to you.
I'm grateful for every person who has been a part of this journey and cares as much as I do about connecting people. Have a great Friends Day.