Zuckerberg’s business model depends on our shifting notions of privacy, revelation, and sheer self-display. The more that people are willing to put online, the more money his site can make from advertisers.
Anyone familiar with Mr. Zuckerberg’s typical attire — the baggy jeans, T-shirts or hooded sweatshirts and casual shoes — knows he’s hardly a paragon of posh. But lately it seems as if Mr. Zuckerberg’s famously anti-fashion styling is spawning imitators, or at least has come to symbolize success for a new generation of would-be billionaires.
LAST year found Mark Zuckerberg, the Facebook creator and 26-year-old billionaire, topping a lot of short lists. Time chose him as 2010’s Person of the Year. He headed the Vanity Fair 100 list of most influential people. Then Esquire pinned him to its 2010 list of the most unfortunately dressed men.
In 2010 he made two eye-catching philanthropic moves: he gave $100 million to the Newark, N.J., public school system, and he joined Gates and Warren Buffett in signing the “Giving Pledge,” promising to donate half his wealth to charity.
An early computer enthusiast, he was writing his own programs by the time he was in sixth grade and proved so talented that after his sophomore year he transferred out of the local public school, Ardsley High, to Philips Exeter Academy. He chose the private boarding school in New Hampshire because his public school "didn't have a lot of computer courses or a lot of the higher math courses," he told Michael M. Grynbaum in an interview that appeared in the Harvard Crimson.
In February of 2004, he started "The Facebook," which took the goals of those lower-case traditional facebooks and combined them with the social networking of Myspace-like sites. Unlike Facemash, The Facebook was opt-in -- any Harvard student could create an account, and by the end of the month, more than half of the undergraduates had done so. Zuckerberg expanded the service quickly, offering it to all Ivy League schools by the end of the spring and more schools the following semester.
Zuckerberg has often--possibly always--been described as remote and socially awkward, but that's not quite right. True: holding a conversation with him can be challenging. He approaches conversation as a way of exchanging data as rapidly and efficiently as possible, rather than as a recreational activity undertaken for its own sake. He is formidably quick and talks rapidly and precisely, and if he has no data to transmit, he abruptly falls silent.
Rather than become just another cog in the corporate machine, Mark Zuckerberg chose to create his own path by furthering his education at Harvard University. His first venture into the online world was a primitive website entitled Facemash, which essentially allowed his fellow students to compare their looks with those of the site’s visitors
Zuckerberg was born in 1984 in White Plains, New York to Karen, a psychiatrist, and Edward Zuckerberg, a dentist. He and his three sisters, Randi, Donna, and Arielle, were brought up in Dobbs Ferry, New York.
On the afternoon of Nov. 16, 2010, Mark Zuckerberg was leading a meeting in the Aquarium, one of Facebook's conference rooms, so named because it's in the middle of a huge work space and has glass walls on three sides so everybody can see in. Conference rooms are a big deal at Facebook because they're the only places anybody has any privacy at all, even the bare minimum of privacy the Aquarium gets you.
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