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Was There Life Before Facebook?

As founder Mark Zuckerberg prepares to make a rare public appearance at TechCrunch Disrupt, we'd love to know what got you to join the party in the first place.

Elusive Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg will speak Tuesday at TechCrunch Disrupt, his first public speech since the company's lackluster initial public offering.

Shares of the social media giant's stock have fallen more than 50 percent since the IPO, though Facebook's hulking popularity still has it well on top of other networking sites online. Who isn't on Facebook these days anyway?

Since the tech world will focus on Zuckerberg at 2 p.m., we'd love to hear what locals have to say about Facebook. Do you remember why you first signed up? Do you have any stories of how the platform helped you in your community? Any complaints (dare we bring up Timeline)?

Share them in the comments below, and please take a moment to answer our poll.

Justin Time September 12, 2012 at 10:53 AM
Hopefully, it won't last..too many big brother watching concepts in the world already. Misuse breeds danger.
Kelly McCullough September 12, 2012 at 11:20 AM
I think Facebook is brillant! I have connected with so many people from my life from my childhood grade school classmates to all my college friends to family that I don't normally see every day...and through facebook my 8th grade class was able to organize and plan our 25th reunion that was a huge success three years ago
george moraitis September 12, 2012 at 12:14 PM
My 'Facebook' system when I was the age of most who use 'Facebook' today was the 'party-line' phone system.....
littleShamrock September 12, 2012 at 01:17 PM
The best was when Betty White said, oh we had Facebook, it was call Phone Book."
John K Massaro September 12, 2012 at 01:28 PM
Totally agree, Kelly. I've re-connected with friends I haven't seen or heard from in over 20 years. Without Facebook, I most likely would never have seen them again...

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