Facebook was founded by Mark Zuckerberg with his college roommates and fellow students Eduardo Saverin, Dustin Moskovitz and Chris Hughes. 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 eventually to anyone aged 13 and over. However, according to a May 2011 Consumer Reports survey, there are 7.5 million children under 13 with accounts and 5 million under 10, violating the site’s terms of service.
Mark Zuckerberg full name Mark Elliot Zuckerberg was born on May 14, 1984 in Dobbs Ferry, New York, America. He is the son of Karen, a psychiatrist, and Edward Zuckerberg, a dentist. He has three sisters, Randi, Donna, and Arielle. Zuckerberg is known as an American computer programmer, Hacker, Dropout CEO and Internet entrepreneur. He is best known as one of four co-founders of the social networking site Facebook, of which he is chairman and chief executive. and he is one of the world’s youngest billionaires.
Mark Zuckerberg father, Edward Zuckerberg, ran a dental practice attached to the family’s home. His mother, Karen, worked as a psychiatrist before the birth of the couple’s four children—Mark, Randi, Donna and Arielle.
Mark Zuckerberg developed an interest in computers at an early age; when he was about 12, he used BASIC to create a Software name Prodigy in 1990. This Software is basically a messaging program he named “Zucknet”. ZuckNet a crude version of AOL’s Instant Messenger. Zuckerberg father used the program in his dental office, so that the receptionist could inform him of a new patient without moving across the room. and the Mark family also used Zucknet to communicate within the house. Together with his friends, he also created computer games just for fun. “I had a bunch of friends who were artists,” he said. “They’d come over, draw stuff, and I’d build a game out of it.”
Parrent See the Zuckerberg’s interest in computers, then they hired private computer tutor David Newman to come to the house once a week and work with Mark. Newman later told reporters that it was hard to stay ahead of the prodigy, who began taking graduate courses at nearby Mercy College around this same time.
Zuckerberg later studied at Phillips Exeter Academy. Phillips Exeter Academy an exclusive preparatory school in New Hampshire. There Mark showed talent in fencing, becoming the captain of the school’s team. He also excelled in literature. He also get a diploma in classics. Yet Zuckerberg remained fascinated by computers, and continued to work on developing new programs. While still in high school, he created an early version of the music software Pandora, which he called Synapse. Several companies including AOL and Microsoft expressed an interest in buying the software, and hiring the teenager before graduation. and Zuckerberg declined the offers.
By the time he joined Harvard University in September 2002, he was already known to be a programming prodigy and Microsoft, AOL had already tried to purchase his creation Synapse Media Player and hire him. But, he decided against joining either of the companies and went to Harvard.
After graduating from Exeter in 2002, Zuckerberg enrolled at Harvard University. By his sophomore year at the ivy league institution, he had developed a reputation as the go-to software developer on campus. It was at that time that he built a program called CourseMatch, which helped students choose their classes based on the course selections of other users. He also invented Facemash, which compared the pictures of two students on campus and allowed users to vote on which one was more attractive. The program became wildly popular, but was later shut down by the school administration after it was deemed inappropriate.
Based on the buzz of his previous projects, three of his fellow students Divya Narendra, Sanjay Mavinkurve, Victor Gao and twins Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss sought him out to work on an idea for a social networking site they called Harvard Connection. This site was designed to use information from Harvard’s student networks in order to create a dating site for the Harvard elite.
In November 2003, upon the referral of Victor Gao, the Winklevosses and Narendra bummed Mark Zuckerberg about joining the HarvardConnection team. By this point, the previous HarvardConnection programmers had already made progress on a large chunk of the coding: front-end pages, the registration system, a database, back-end coding, and a way users could connect with each other, which Gao called a “handshake”. In early November, Narendra emailed Zuckerberg saying, “We’re very deep into developing a site which we would like you to be a part of and which we know will make some waves on campus.” Within days, Zuckerberg was talking to the HarvardConnection team and preparing to take over programming duties from Gao. On the evening of November 25, 2003, the Winklevosses and Narendra met with Zuckerberg in the dining hall of Harvard’s Kirkland House, where they explained to an enthusiastic Zuckerberg, the HarvardConnection website, the plan to expand to other schools after launch, the confidential nature of the project, and the importance of getting there first. During the meeting, Zuckerberg allegedly entered into an oral contract with Narendra and the Winklevosses and became a partner in HarvardConnection. He was given the private server location and password for the unfinished HarvardConnection website and code, with the understanding that he would finish the programming necessary for launch. Zuckerberg allegedly chose to be compensated in the form of sweat equity.
On November 30, 2003, Zuckerberg told Cameron Winklevoss in an email that he did not expect completion of the project to be difficult. Zuckerberg writes: “I read over all the stuff you sent and it seems like it shouldn’t take too long to implement, so we can talk about that after I get all the basic functionality up tomorrow night.” The next day, on December 1, 2003, Zuckerberg sent another email to the HarvardConnection team. “I put together one of the two registration pages so I have everything working on my system now. I will keep you posted as I patch stuff up and it starts to become completely functional.” On December 4, 2003, Zuckerberg writes: “Sorry I was unreachable tonight. I just got about three of your missed calls. I was working on a problem set.” On December 10, 2003: “The week has been pretty busy, so I haven’t gotten a chance to do much work on the site or even think about it really, so I think it’s probably best to postpone meeting until we have more to discuss. I’m also really busy tomorrow so I don’t think I’d be able to meet then anyway.” A week later: “Sorry I have not been reachable for the past few days. I have basically been in the lab the whole time working on a cs problem set which I’m still not finished with.” On December 17, 2003, Zuckerberg met with the Winklevosses and Narendra in his dorm room, allegedly confirming his interest and assuring them that the site was almost complete. On the whiteboard in his room, Zuckerberg allegedly had scrawled multiple lines of code under the heading “Harvard Connection.” However, this would be the only time they saw any of his work. On January 8, 2004, Zuckerberg emailed to say he was “completely swamped with work that week” but had “made some of the changes and they seemed to be working great” on his computer. He said he could discuss the site starting the following Tuesday, on January 13, 2004. On January 11, 2004, Zuckerberg registered the domain name thefacebook.com. On January 12, 2004, Zuckerberg e-mailed Eduardo Saverin, saying that the site was almost complete and that they should discuss marketing strategies. Two days later, on January 14, 2004, Zuckerberg met again with the HarvardConnection team. However, he allegedly never mentioned registering the domain name thefacebook.com nor a competing social networking website, rather he reported progress on HarvardConnection, told them he would continue to work on it, and would email the group later in the week.
On February 4, 2004, Zuckerberg launched thefacebook.com with help of some friends name Dustin Moskovitz, Chris Hughes and Eduardo Saverin, a social network for Harvard students, designed to expand to other schools around the country. Mark Zuckerberg and his friends created a site that allowed users to create their own profiles, upload photos, and communicate with other users.
On February 6, 2004, the Winklevosses and Narendra first learned of thefacebook.com while reading a press release in the Harvard student newspaper The Harvard Crimson. According to Gao, who looked at the HarvardConnection code afterward, Zuckerberg had left the HarvardConnection code incomplete and non-functional, with a registration that did not connect with the back-end connections. On February 10, 2004, the Winklevosses and Narendra sent Zuckerberg a cease and desist letter. They also asked the Harvard administration to act on what they viewed as a violation of the university’s honor code and student handbook. They lodged a complaint with the Harvard Administrative Board and university president Larry Summers; however, both viewed the matter to be outside the university’s jurisdiction. President Summers advised the HarvardConnection team to take their matter to the courts.
The group ran the site first called The Facebook—out of a dorm room at Harvard until June 2004. After his sophomore year, Zuckerberg dropped out of college to devote himself to Facebook full time, moving the company to Palo Alto, California. By the end of May 2012, Facebook has over 900 million active users.