I read this really good article today on Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of Facebook. Check it out – but allow yourself time, because it’s really long! www.fastcompany.com/magazine/115/open_features-hacker-dropout-ceo_3.html.
It was quite fascinating to me. Regardless of the drama that is circling around Facebook as far as who is the true envisionary of this largely successful company, the story of how Facebook was developed is a one of a kind success. The fact that Zuckerberg went to California on a whim for summer vacation and ran into the Napster guy, which lead to funding for the startup of Facebook? Crazy and random. The stars definitely aligned correctly for this guy. It’s a fascinating story.
What I love most though about the whole situation is reading about how he lives his life now. He still rents an apartment, he only has a mattress (on the floor) and a table and chairs. He doesn’t wear designer clothes. He walks or bikes to work everyday. He hasn’t let the fame and success go to his head. Most other people like to show their success after they achieve it. Most other people in his situation would have the big and fancy real estate, a nice car, expensive clothes. Not this guy, and that’s what makes him so relatable to the Facebook population. He is just a regular, ordinary guy that makes a program for other regular, ordinary people (well, and some not so ordinary people as well).
I remember when I first heard of Facebook. I was attending a community college at the time and somebody who went to a bigger university was talking about this new website that she was always on. So I checked it out, but they didn’t have an option for me to sign up because my school was not one of their networks. I didn’t care much, it wasn’t really a big thing at the time, so I didn’t think I was missing out.
Then a while later, I got an email from another friend inviting me to join. I checked back at Facebook and my school was now a part of their network. So I joined. And I remember that there was such an uproar about community college’s being able to participate in Facebook. I went back to the original friend (the one that I had first heard of Facebook from) and told her that I now had a profile there because Facebook allowed community colleges to join. She was so annoyed, rolling her eyes and saying: “Yeah, I know.” So…don’t know what that was about. But it happened again later on when high schoolers were allowed to join. I remember being one of those that were upset about it because Facebook was a safe zone from the young kids, we didn’t have to deal with all the drama that they brought with them while we were on Facebook. But, it happened. They joined, and then everyone was allowed to join Facebook if they had an email address, and now there are people from all walks of life that have accounts on this extremely popular networking site.
To see where Facebook began – just one school, then a handful of schools, then all colleges, then high schools, then everyone, – is shocking to witness. There are grandparents and great-grandparents on there. And there are a growing population of children under the age of ten on the site as well. Out of my entire family, I can only think of about five people that do not utilize facebook. We frequently plan family get togethers by mass posting on our walls or creating an event. It’s very convenient and has revolutionized the world as we know it.
I think Facebook is smart not to sell out to another company this early in the game. Big companies want to buy it because of what reason? Because they know it’s successful and will continue to be. So why sell now? You have a good thing going, keep it up. It’s your passion and your drive, so don’t let it go now.
A movie is being released today, October 1, 2010, about Facebook. It’s called “The Social Network”. Many are excited to see it, and I think it’s going to be very successful. It will be interesting to see how they portray the story and whether or not they get creative in the screenplay. Hopefully it will motivate and encourage others to work hard to do something that they love, much like Zuckerberg.
Check out the movie soon and have a good weekend!