Business & Industry

Feb 1, 2017

SOCIAL REVOLUTION

The long time friends, the recent friends, the fake news, the true news, the good and the bad news, television channels, newspapers, the people's preferences, the publicity of useful and the useless products… It all fits in there.

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What would become of us without it? How was it possible to live without it for so long? How was life like before it? Where was everybody? Where is everybody now?

These and other questions, began to find their answers back in February the 4th 2004, the day the first page of the social network The Facebook (this social networks' first name) was open.

The original system, programmed by Mark Zuckerberg, Eduardo Saverin, Dustin Moskovitz and Chris Hughes, was only used to classify the most attractive students at Harvard University and, to do it, it "stole" the pictures of the students from the security network from the University. Basically, it showed two photos, side by side, and allowed the users to decide who they thought would be more attractive (pressing "like").

Assuming a stand which can be classified as political or in protest, some of the students, started switching their photos by book images. This practice increased and on October 28th 2003, the University's Board of Directors ordered its IT managers to block the system. Zuckerberg was accused for breaking the security rules, copyright and privacy infringement and he even got threatened with expulsion.

But it was nothing but a postponement. On February the 4th 2004, only 99 days after Facemash was closed (the name of the first network), it would reopen, in a more widely form, the new network with the name "TheFacebook". The new name is inspired by the book, handcrafted, the American Universities prepare each year, with the photos, names and some basic information, of all the University students, and which is used to the elder students' presentation.

The students' membership got so high, Zuckerberg, foreseeing the sites' potential, decided to break through the restrictions which limited it to the University network. He surrounded himself with a team which expanded the site to other universities and schools and thus was born the one which is today considered the biggest social network in the world and the one which, in every way, set a revolution in every peoples' lives.

In 2005, Sean parker, founder of the music sharing site Napster, acquired the internet domain facebook.com for 200 thousand dollars and became the main investor of the brand. This lead to the removal of Eduardo Saverin's partnership who, displeased, sued Facebook and ended up receiving 5% of the company's share which, nowadays, is estimated to worth 100 billion dollars.

All of this is accountable to consider Mark Zuckerberg already has, undoubtedly, his place guaranteed in the worlds history. Not only he became the worlds' younger multi-millionaire ever, as he set us all permanently communicating by tearing down physical frontiers (who, in our days, has no friends in other continents?), and even installed a new order to the global web.

Back in 2012, in the book "The Facebook Effect", David Kirkpatrick was questioning: how will Facebook change the users' interaction in the real world? What will be the response of the repressive governments to this new tool which grants so much information power to its followers? Is it that a service like Facebook really needs special regulation?

Forbes magazine, some time ago, classified Facebooks mission as a map in which the user can move inside internet and discover new things after their contacts and the suggestions they keep receiving.

When on says Facebook is the biggest social network in the world, there are no exaggerations. It's more than 1,65 billion users, it is available in any computer in 139 languages, it counts 600 thousand daily attempts of hacking; and the monthly fee for its creator, Mark Zuckerberg is one dollar.

The revolution started thirteen years ago, and it's far from its end.

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