SAN DIEGO, CALIF. (TheStreet) -- Thanks to its unprecedented $22 billion cash and stock buyout of startup WhatsApp and major changes in strategy, Facebook (FB) is heading into the new year a completely different and arguably far more intelligent company than it was just 12 months ago.
In fact, 2014 will likely go down in digital history as the year that Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg did everything in his power to make sure the world's largest social network maintained its dominance.
Faced with the threat of quickly becoming a teenage wasteland, Zuckerberg throughout the year spent like there was no tomorrow, or perhaps to ensure that the social media platform would have a tomorrow. He also took drastic steps to decentralize Facebook's bloated social network, demonstrating that the company's hip to what's happening in the broader realm of social media, where single purpose social media apps are proliferating.
What follows are some of Facebook's most significant announcements, acquisitions, app launches, and strategy decisions taken during 2014: