Recently on the Business Insider a story came out revealing an IM message from Mark Zuckerberg way back in the day before Facebook was even started. With Facebook about to file for IPO there has been a serious frenzy in the social digital community.
Facebook going public is quite a big deal for many reasons:
1. It was started by a child
2. It’s one of the biggest websites in the world
3. People are going to make a lot of money when it goes public
Facebook is no joke. It has become a very important tool for businesses and also personal reasons. Companies have been born on Facebook, long last family members have found and everything in between.
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Here is a transcript quoted on Business Insider that is really interesting to see. It is essentially when Zuck decided to go ahead and launch Facebook (back then it wasn’t named that just yet).
Zuck’s IM Conversation
Zuckerberg: So you know how I’m making that dating site
Zuckerberg: I wonder how similar that is to the Facebook thing
Zuckerberg: Because they’re probably going to be released around the same time
Zuckerberg: Unless I fuck the dating site people over and quit on them right before I told them I’d have it done.
Zuckerberg: Like I don’t think people would sign up for the facebook thing if they knew it was for dating
Zuckerberg: and I think people are skeptical about joining dating things too.
Zuckerberg: But the guy doing the dating thing is going to promote it pretty well.
Zuckerberg: I wonder what the ideal solution is.
Zuckerberg: I think the Facebook thing by itself would draw many people, unless it were released at the same time as the dating thing.
Zuckerberg: In which case both things would cancel each other out and nothing would win. Any ideas? Like is there a good way to consolidate the two.
D’Angelo: We could make it into a whole network like a friendster. haha. Stanford has something like that internally
Zuckerberg: Well I was thinking of doing that for the facebook. The only thing that’s different about theirs is that you like request dates with people or connections with the facebook you don’t do that via the system.
Zuckerberg: I also hate the fact that I’m doing it for other people haha. Like I hate working under other people. I feel like the right thing to do is finish the facebook and wait until the last day before I’m supposed to have their thing ready and then be like “look yours isn’t as good as this so if you want to join mine you can…otherwise I can help you with yours later.” Or do you think that’s too dick?
D’Angelo: I think you should just ditch them
Zuckerberg: The thing is they have a programmer who could finish their thing and they have money to pour into advertising and stuff. Oh wait I have money too. My friend who wants to sponsor this is head of the investment society. Apparently insider trading isn’t illegal in Brazil so he’s rich lol.
Pretty amazing to see where this all started huh? Now look at it, Facebook is like a run away train driven by a crazed monkey (no offense Zuck).