Probably the youngest billionaire on the planet and the man who is known as the creator of Facebook is Mark Zuckerberg. He has given the world, the most modern and communicative social network platform that is presently dealing with over 1.69 billion people, groups and fan pages all together. The huge database of Facebook has exceeded other most popular dating and social networking sites till date.
Zuckerberg was born on 14th May 1984 and grew up in the suburbs in New York. When he was about 10, he understood the difference between programmers and users and secured his first PC Quantex 486DX on the Intel 486. He was taught Atari BASIC Programming by his father when he was just 12 years old, which he later used to create a messenger called “ZuckNet”. It allowed all connected computers to transfer messages between his house and father’s dental office.
He had a knack toward developing games and communication tools from an early age. At school, he wrote an artificially intelligent media player Synapse for mp3 playlists to study the preferences of a user and to generate playlists just by guessing which tracks a user wanted to listen to. Soon he got to study at the Academy of Phillips Exeter in New Hampshire. After graduating from there in 2002, he entered Howard and gained the reputation of a Software Engineer. He helped the students there through a program called “CourseMatch”, where they could choose their subjects based on the list of courses from other users.
While in Howard, he was assigned the task of programming the site of a project called “Howard Connection”, later renamed to “ConnectU” and he was also told to create a special source code to allow the system much faster. While working on this, a marvellous idea came into his mind of developing his own social network. Thus, on 4th February 2004, he finalized the domain name to be thefacebook.com which later came to the world as facebook.com as we know it today.
When the number of users on Facebook already reached 4000, services of new programmers were required. Hence, Darren Moskowitz, Mark’s neighbour opened Facebook service to students of Colombia University, Stanford and Yale. Zuckerberg acquired around 503.6 million shares. Another friend of his named Chris Hughes was made the Press Attache of Facebook.
What started as an education project, later went beyond that and became more popular among various other people. Just then, Zuckerberg needed some investors for further promoting the website. He got his first investment from Peter Thiel, one of PayPal’s founders, who gave him about $500,000 for the rapid evolution of the network. Later, Accel Partners invested $12.7 million and then the Greylock Partners added more $27.5 million in Facebook.
By 2005, Facebook was accessible for all US-based educational institutions. With its exponential growth, Mark decided to make his platform public. Thus, it exploded. Friends could communicate online and distant people could get more closure to their dear ones. Today, Facebook tops all other social networking platforms and has uncountable users connecting with each other.