Mark Zuckerberg | Journey From Facemash To Facebook

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While attending Harvard as a second year undergraduate student, Mark Zuckerberg wrote Facemash, the predecessor to Facebook, on October 28, 2003. He created The Facemash which used photos compiled from the online of nine Houses, placing two next to each other at a time and asking users to choose the 'hotter' person". Harvard at that time did not have a student directory with photos and basic information, and Facemash attracted 450 visitors and 22,000 photo-views in its first four hours online. Further Zuckerberg hacked into the protected areas of Harvard's computer network, and copied the houses' private dormitory ID images. That the initial site mirrored people's physical community—with their real identities—represented the key aspects of what later became Facebook.

The site was quickly forwarded to several campus group list-servers, but was shut down a few days later by the Harvard administration. Zuckerberg was charged by the administration with the blame of security, violating copyrights, and violating individual privacy, and faced expulsion. Ultimately, however, the charges were dropped. Zuckerberg expanded on this initial project that semester by creating a social study tool ahead of an art history final, by uploading 500 Augustan images to a website, with one image per page along with a comment section. He opened the site up to his classmates, and people started sharing their notes.

The following semester, Zuckerberg began writing code for a new website in January 2004. He was inspired, he said, by an editorial in The Harvard Crimson about the Facemash incident. On February 4, 2004, Zuckerberg launched "Thefacebook", originally located at thefacebook.com domain.

Just six days after the site launched, three Harvard seniors, Cameron Winklevoss, Tyler Winklevoss, and Divya Narendra, accused Zuckerberg of intentionally misleading them into believing he would help them to build a social network called HarvardConnection.com, while he was instead using their ideas to build a competing product. The three complained to the Harvard Crimson, and the newspaper began an investigation. The three later filed a lawsuit against Zuckerberg, subsequently settling.

Membership was initially restricted to students of Harvard College, and within the first month, more than half the undergraduate population at Harvard was registered on the service. Eduardo Saverin (business aspects), Dustin Moskovitz (programmer), Andrew McCollum (graphic artist), and Chris Hughes soon joined Zuckerberg to help promote the website. In March 2004, Facebook expanded to Stanford, Columbia, and Yale. This expansion continued when it opened as well to all other Ivy League schools and Boston University, New York University, MIT, and gradually most universities in Canada and the United States.

Facebook incorporated in the summer of 2004 and the entrepreneur Sean Parker, who had been informally advising Zuckerberg, became the company's president. In June 2004, Facebook moved its base of operations to Palo Alto, California. Facebook received its first investment later that month from PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel. The company dropped and form its name after purchasing the domain name facebook.com in 2005 for $200,000.

Facebook launched a high school version in September 2005, which Zuckerberg called the next logical step. At that time, high school networks required an invitation to join. Facebook later expanded membership eligibility to employees of several companies, including Apple Inc. and Microsoft. Facebook was then opened on September 26, 2006, to every one of ages 13 and older with a valid email address.

On October 24, 2007, Microsoft announced that it had purchased a 1.6% share of Facebook for $240 million, giving Facebook a total implied value of around $15 billion. Microsoft's purchase included rights to place international ads on Facebook. In October 2008, Facebook announced that it was to set up its international headquarters in Dublin, Ireland. In September 2009, Facebook claimed that it had turned cash flow positive for the first time. In June 2010, an online marketplace for trading private company stock reflected a valuation of $11.5 billion.

Traffic to Facebook has increased steadily since 2009. More people visited Facebook than Google.com for the week ending March 13, 2010. Facebook has also become the top social network across eight individual markets in the region, Philippines, Australia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, New Zealand, Hong Kong and Vietnam, while other brands commanded the top positions in certain markets, including Google-owned Orkut in India, Mixi.jp in Japan, CyWorld in South Korea and Yahoo!’s Wretch.cc in Taiwan.

Content Source : Wikipedia The Open Encyclopedia, Internet Surfing Facebook Page

Posted: 08-08-2012 5:14 AM by Sagar Pokhrel with 3 comment(s)

Comments

# re: Mark Zuckerberg | Journey From Facemash To Facebook @Friday, August 10, 2012 11:46 AM

Journey from Facemash to Facebook -> Movie "The Social Network"

Suraj kc

# re: Mark Zuckerberg | Journey From Facemash To Facebook @Tuesday, August 14, 2012 5:49 PM

Yes Suraj, I was thinking about the topic but found "Journey from Facemash to Facebook" quite interesting. I thought readers will also know about an earliest version of Facebook i.e. Facemash from the topic itself. :)

Sagar Pokhrel

# re: Mark Zuckerberg | Journey From Facemash To Facebook @Friday, September 16, 2016 8:50 AM

facebook is agood idea and i salut you

Ahmed