Social Networking - Mark Zuckerberg's Road to Success

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					Perhaps, one of the most amazing things that turned out to be a business success story
is that of Facebook social networking. Social networking has greatly revolutionized
the way people interact. With up to date profile changes and real-time chats, hooking
up to these sites has made people closer to one another more than ever before.
  Despite the good things however, negative impacts have also marred its business
success story; catfights and online lambasting have also proliferated mainly due to the
advent of these sites, and Facebook is indeed no exception. In spite of it all, Facebook
addicts worldwide have one main man to thank for bringing the positive and the
negative together 鈥?Mark Zuckerberg.
  Born and raised as a Jewish, Zuckerberg started programming in middle school,
when his father taught him the Atari BASIC programming in the 1990 鈥檚 and even
had a software developer (David Newman) as a tutor. It wasn 鈥檛 surprising that
Zuckerberg 鈥?business success story would stem from technology. Early on, he had
already expressed enjoyment in developing computer programs, more so on
communication tools and games.
  He has designed computer application system programs to help in the
communications flow in his father 鈥檚 office and has made his own version of the
game 鈥淩 isk 鈥? In his high school years, Zuckerberg built a music player under the
company name Intelligent Media Group. Named the Synapse Media Player, it used
artificial intelligence in learning the user 鈥檚 listening habits.
  Computer giants Microsoft and AOL tried to purchase Synapse and recruit
Zuckerberg but he had other plans 鈥?which will eventually give him a business
success phenomenon. He declined the juicy offer and proceeded to Harvard for
college.
  College life provided him with tons of experiences and opportunities for social
interactions with different personalities. His most exciting experience though was the
breakthrough called Facebook, which was launched from his dormitory room in 2004.
The inspiration came from his high school alma mater, Phillips Exeter Academy
where its own photo directory, 鈥淭 he Photo Address Book 鈥? also known as 鈥淭
he Facebook 鈥?was published. The photo directory enabled the students to list profile
attributes, proximities to friends, and phone numbers. Thus, Facebook was born.
  Facebook was conceived by Zuckerberg and friends and initially was meant to be a
Harvard thing, similar to that of his high school photo directory. Soon, they decided to
opt for expansion, making it accessible for students in different schools. After
acquiring initial financial funding from Peter Thiel and sought financial advice from
Netscape CFO Peter Currie, Facebook soon catapulted into mainstream success. From
its simplified user friendly options to customized privacy settings, Facebook became
more than a business success story and earned more income from advertising as they
steadily grew bigger through its numerous patrons all over the globe.
  The young businessman 鈥檚 road to success was not that easy, he experienced
lawsuits and criminal investigations and being banned in some countries but that didn
鈥檛 deter Zuckerberg from beautifully creating one of the world 鈥檚 huge
business success stories, his life.

				
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