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  2. 2. AUTHOR. Mark Elliot Zuckerberg, Dobbs Ferry, Westchester County, 1984) U.S. entrepreneur and computer programmer. Founder and CEO of the online community Facebook, in 2008, w ith only tw enty-three yearsold became the youngest billionaire on the list published annually by Forbes magazine. Born into a Jew ish family, his passion for information manifested itself early, and already tw elve years old began programming. He studied at Ardsley High School and Phillips Exeter Academy, and in 2002 entered Harvard University, Massachusetts. Two years later, in early February 2004, only nineteen years old and w ith his roommates in college, launched a new website, socialnetworkFacebook. Mark Zuckerberg originally called Thefacebook; Facebookcame up w ith the project's initial intention to create a netw orkbetween studentsof Harvard University. The site's name referred to the new sletterthat many universities give their new students with the intention of helping them meet each other on arrivalat the center. Facebookservices offered consisted mainly of the ability to add friends, w ith whomthey could exchange photos and messages and join groups, one of the utilities that more w ould be developed subsequently. Each user, w ho should be registered, had a w all(wall) allow ing the friends write messages or send gifts to it to see. The supermuro, a further improvement, w ould also embed Flash animation format. What started as a game betw een colleagues spilled all forecasts in a short time. In just tw o weeks twothirds of Harvard students had joined Facebook, and coinciding w ith the summer of that year they had over thirty U.S. universities. When classes ended, Zuckerberg tookthe opportunity to move to Palo Alto, California, and create your first office. Although the initial intention of the young college w as to resume his studies at Harvard after the break, the business w asbooming and needed his attention, so he decided to leave Harvard and stay on the West Coast. The project spread like w ildfire and soon expanded their netw orksto other educationalinstitutions and companies, until at last the success led to open their services to the generalpublic. In 2006, Facebook had become a global phenomenon w ith 64 million users, concentrated in English speaking countries like the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. English only in its infancy in 2008 Facebookbroadened horizons and w as available in severallanguages including French, German and Spanish. To get an idea of the social strength of Facebook, suffice it to say that the spectacular march against the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) from February 4, 2008, w hich brought a million people in Bogotá and hundreds of thousands in 130 cities around the w orld, wascalled by a group of Colombian students through this distribution channel. Join groups w as, in fact, one of the most successful utilities Facebook. A user interested, for example, ecology, had the opportunity to join groups devoted to this theme emerged. Immediately on your w allreceived all the information that this group generated. The group of Democratic candidate for U.S. presidency, Barack Obama, had in June 2008 w ith nearly one million members. The site w as also the most popular for uploading photos (according to 2008 statistics, more than 14 million per day in total, 1,700 million). In December 2007, Forbes magazine, as every year, published the ranking of the 25 most influential people in Internet. One of these stars of the netw ork w as Zuckerberg, chief executive of the site, after selling for 256 million Euros, 1.6% of the portal to Microsoft. Three months later, in March 2008, Zuckerberg came in the 1125 ranking of the richest men in the w orld prepared by the same magazine. Ranked 785, but he w as the youngest of the 1125 and also the youngest in the history of the publication. To evaluate his fortune, Forbes w as based on the estimated value of Facebook (5,000 million), and the fact that the young man w as the ow ner of 30% of the company. Palo Alto offices of Facebook and in 2008 occupied four buildings and directly employed more than 400 people, the company had received bids from Viacom and Yahoo, and its annual turnover is estimated at about $ 150 million . Its major income came from his contract w ith Microsoft for ads. The site had grow n three times faster than rivalMySpace, ow ned by New sCorp, Rupert Murdoch empire. How ev er, it w as not all joy for the young IT talent. Three of his fellow college launched a trial against him in court in Boston claiming that Zuckerberg had "seized the idea." Despite sw imming in gold, the "new prince of the Internet", as w as nicknamed by the specialized site Valleyw ag, is far from the executive to use. Interested in psychology, his Facebookprofile is defined as a "person w ho likes to do things." Dress shirts and sneakers, and seems to have no great pretensions: "I have a one bedroom apartment w ith a mattress on the floor, live there," he said recently in an interview .
  3. 3. CONCEPT Facebook is a social network service and website launched in February 2004 that is operated and privately owned by Facebook, Inc.[1] As of July 2010 Facebook has more than 500 million active users,[6] which is about one person for every fourteen in the world.[7][N 1] Users may create a personal profile, add other users as friends and exchange messages, including automatic notifications when they update their profile. Additionally, users may join common interest user groups, organized by workplace, school, or college, or other characteristics. The name of the service stems from the colloquial name for the book given to students at the start of the academic year by university administrations in the US with the intention of helping students to get to know each other better. Facebook allows anyone who declares themselves to be at least 13 years old to become a registered user of the website. Facebook was founded by Mark Zuckerberg with his college roommates and fellow computer science students Eduardo Saverin, Dustin Moskovitz and Chris Hughes.[8] The website's membership was initially limited by the founders to Harvard students, but was expanded to other colleges in the Boston area, the Ivy League, and Stanford University. It gradually added support for students at various other universities before opening to high school students, and, finally, to anyone aged 13 and over. Facebook has met with some controversy. It has been blocked intermittently in several countries including Pakistan,[9] Syria,[10] the People's Republic of China,[11] Vietnam,[12] Iran,[13] Uzbekistan[14] and North Korea. It has also been banned at many places of work to discourage employees from wasting time using the service.[15] Facebook's privacy has also been an issue, and the safety of their users has been compromised several times. Facebook settled a lawsuit regarding claims over source code and intellectual property.[16] A January 2009 study ranked Facebook as the most used social network by worldwide monthly active users, followed by MySpace.[17] Entertainment Weekly put it on its end-of-the-decade "best-of" list, saying, "How on earth did we stalk our exes, remember our co-workers' birthdays, bug our friends, and play a rousing game of Scrabulous before Facebook?"[18] Quantcast estimates Facebook has 135.1 million monthly unique U.S. visitors.[19]