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.