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Facebook and Mark Zuckerberg

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Mark Zuckerberg forever changed the way people relate to one another when he launched a computer program he called TheFacebook while a sophomore at Harvard University. What started out as a way for students at a few different colleges to connect with one another and share information turned into the tool of the twenty-first century that defines how more than half a billion people interact with one another and share personal information.

Even as a child Mark demonstrated his ...

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Overview

Mark Zuckerberg forever changed the way people relate to one another when he launched a computer program he called TheFacebook while a sophomore at Harvard University. What started out as a way for students at a few different colleges to connect with one another and share information turned into the tool of the twenty-first century that defines how more than half a billion people interact with one another and share personal information.

Even as a child Mark demonstrated his extraordinary ability to sit at a keyboard and create useful program tools. Supportive of their children's exploration of learning, Mark's parents arranged private tutoring and enrollment in computer classes to help their son further develop his skills.

Long before Mark began his freshman year at Harvard he had already created two software programs: ZuckNet and Synapse. The former generated a "ping" between computers like an alert; the latter tracked a user's taste in music and helped them discover similar music that appealed to them. Computer giants Microsoft and AOL offered $1 million for Synapse. Mark turned them down.

So significant has Facebook become to our world, that Time magazine named Mark Zuckerberg their 2010 Person of the Year. For using technology to "bridge continents" and create a new means of exchanging information with the touch of a keyboard stroke, Mark is recognized as one of the brightest and most successful entrepreneurs of the twenty-first century.

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Editorial Reviews

VOYA - KaaVonia Hinton
Business Leaders is a four-volume series that offers a view into the lives of leaders behind some of the tools we use daily. The set provides details about the leaders' childhood and family, early career and interests, and ultimate segue into the companies they are presently aligned with. The volumes have seven or eight chapters; colorful, captioned photos; sidebars; and sources. Twitter: Jack Dorsey, Biz Stone And Evan Williams stands out because of its mostly relevant and attractive photographs, helpful list of websites, and list of Twitter terms, while Facebook And Mark Zuckerberg captures Zuckerberg's personal life in a clear, entertaining way that Smith and McGrath have trouble achieving, in part because they are juggling three life stories. The other two titles in the series are Jeff Bezos: Founder Of Amazon And The Kindle and Google Founders: Larry Page And Sergey Brin. These books will appeal to those who like to tinker with technology and those who are passionate about hobbies and want encouragement. Students might read the books recreationally since they contain personal stories that portray the leaders as interesting, curious people who had a dream and worked endlessly to see it come to fruition. This series is recommended for all libraries. (Business Leaders) Reviewer: KaaVonia Hinton
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781599351766
  • Publisher: Morgan Reynolds Pub
  • Publication date: 7/6/2011
  • Series: Business Leaders Series
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 112
  • Sales rank: 1,034,450
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Techno Kid 11

Chapter 2 More than Just a Geek 21

Chapter 3 Hacking Harvard 33

Chapter 4 Whose Idea Was It? 45

Chapter 5 Palo Alto: A "Mythical Place" 61

Chapter 6 The World's Biggest Social Network 77

Chapter 7 Facebook's Global Influence 93

Timeline 103

Sources 104

Bibliography 107

Websites 108

Index 109

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