The Salacious Story Behind Facebook: What the company doesn't want you to know about its ignominious start
Posted in: Internet Use/New Technologies at 27/07/2009 15:16
In The Accidental Billionaires, author Ben Mezrich takes the story of the founding of Facebook -- back at Harvard in 2004 -- and weaves it into a story full of sex, betrayal, and the hunt for the venture capital that currently keeps the site afloat. To write the story, Mezrich spoke with former classmates (and some enemies) of Mark Zuckerberg, the young entreprenuer who founded Facebook five years ago. Unsurprisingly, it's a book that the company and Zuckerberg are staying far away from; they didn't speak to Mezrich, and journalists writing about Facebook are (politely) asked not to broach the topic. Mezrich spoke with NEWSWEEK's Kurt Soller about his new book, why so many of Zuckerberg's former classmates are upset, and about Aaron Sorkin's plans to adapt the book into a movie.
The Father of Social Networking: The next goal? To finally turn the company profitable.
It's the stuff of dotcom legend. Harvard undergrad Mark Zuckerberg and a few friends hack into the university's photo ID database and create a site for students to rate and/or berate their classmates' pictures. Since Facebook's launch in 2004, it's become a cultural phenomenon that's outgrown its Ivy League origins, into middle America and started to expand into countries around the world. NEWSWEEK's Dan Lyons spoke with Zuckerberg about Facebook's rapid growth, how it's reshaped how we think about privacy and whether the site can get too big for its own good.
Facebook at Age Five: five years after its inception, a look at whether it can last another five.
First, a confession from the sometimes-embarrassing world of Web 2.0: when I joined Facebook, it was just another site, one of the many social networks I thought would prepare me, then a high school senior, for college life. It was April 2004, just two months after geeky guys in a Harvard dorm had created the site. For me, joining up was little more than the next thing on my to do list before moving away from home: I used the same profile information I had already logged on Friendster; the picture, me with a white-boy afro, came cropped from my MySpace profile.