It seems as if one of the requirements for being in college is publishing your entire life’s details on Facebook. That guy Jenny met for a brief five minutes at the party last weekend, your partner on a class paper, even your local bartender. If you’ve been around them in life, chances are you’ve looked them up. But do you know the origins of Facebook? How exactly did Mark Zuckerberg come up with the idea? The answer might not be what you think.
The base of the idea for Facebook was thought of on October 28th, 2003. It was a Tuesday night and Zuckerberg was sitting at his computer, apparently drunk, writing in his blog. He was looking at various students photos posted on the schools network, amazed at just how ugly some of the kids at Harvard were.
I’m a little intoxicated, not gonna lie. So what if it’s not even 10pm and it’s a Tuesday night? What? The Kirkland facebook is open on my computer desktop and some of these people have pretty horrendous facebook pics. I almost want to put some of these faces next to pictures of farm animals and have people vote on which is more attractive. It’s not such a great idea and probably not even funny, but Billy comes up with the idea of comparing two people from the facebook, and only sometimes putting a farm animal in there. Good call Mr. Olson! I think he’s onto something.
So amazed at this fact, he wanted to compare all the students to farm animals. Thats right. The very social network you’re a part of was originally rooted in an application to compare you to a horses ass. From here Zuckerberg proceeded to scan and download every publicly available student photo from the network to begin coding his application.
Eventually, this application would evolve into something called ‘FaceMatch’. This program would put two peoples pictures side by side, and let you click on which one was more attractive. It would then aggregate all the data and rank each person from most attractive to least attractive.
This application got Zuckerberg in a bit of hot water with the administration at Harvard. In the eyes of Harvard, Zuckerberg didnt have legal permission to use everyones photos. Since Harvard’s network was technically private, the ‘Ad Board’ at Harvard did the next worst thing to being expelled.
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