Facebook was created as an online version of the "facebooks" of
American universities. The "facebooks" are publications that universities
at the beginning of the academic year, containing the photographs and
names of all students and are intended to help students to know each
other. Facebook took this idea to the Internet, first for American students
and opened their doors to anyone that has an email account.
Facebook was founded in 2004 as a hobby for Mark Zuckerberg, at that
time Harvard student, and as a service to students at his university.
In its first month of operation Facebook had the subscription for more
than half of the students at Harvard, and then spread to universities MIT,
Boston University and Boston College and most institutions presitigiosas
United States. March 2006 BusinessWeek reported that a potential
acquisition of the site was under negotiation. Facebook declined an offer
of $ 750 million.
In 2006 Facebook was "made public" allowing not only students of
certain universities and American schools participate in it, but all people
who have e-mail may be part of your community. Facebook then became
a community of communities, it connects students, companies and
people who may choose to participate in one or more networks. It is a
community created by and based on its members.
AUTHOR'S FACE Personal life
Mark Elliot "Zuck" Zuckerberg (born May 14, 1984) is an American entrepreneur who
co-founded the social networking site Facebook. Zuckerberg co-founded Facebook with
fellow classmates Dustin Moskovitz, Eduardo Saverin, and Chris Hughes while attending
Harvard. He is a 24% shareholder of Facebook.
Zuckerberg was born in White Plains, New York to Karen, a psychiatrist, and Edward, a
dentist. Mark and three sisters, Randi, Donna, and Arielle, were brought up in Dobbs
Ferry, New York. Zuckerberg's parents are Jewish, but he considers himself an
Zuckerberg started programming when he was in middle school. Early on, he enjoyed
developing computer programs, especially communication tools and games. He studied at
Ardsley High School where he excelled in the classics, before transferring in his junior
year to Phillips Exeter Academy where he immersed himself in Latin.
He also designed and programmed a computer application system to help the workers in
his father's office communicate; he built a version of the game Risk, and under the
company name Intelligent Media Group, he built a music player named the Synapse Media
Player that used artificial intelligence to learn the user's listening habits, which was posted
to Slashdot and received a rating of 3 out of 5 from PC Magazine. Microsoft and AOL
tried to purchase Synapse and recruit Zuckerberg, but he instead went to Harvard College
in September 2002 where he joined Alpha Epsilon Pi, a Jewish fraternity, and studied
computer science. In his sophomore year at Harvard, he met his current girlfriend,
Priscilla Chan. In college, he was known for reciting lines from epic poems such as The