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Facebook, Inc.
[est. February 2004]

street sign at the new Facebook, Inc. corporate headquarters in 2012          short history

Mark Zuckerberg

other execs

the corporation

books about Facebook, Inc.

movies & TV about Facebook

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"The amount of sharing by a Facebook user roughly doubles each year.”
— {billionaire Mark} Zuckerberg's Law

Facebook launched in February 2004; membership reached 100 million users in August 2008 and 500 million users in July 2010; Mark Zuckerberg
proudly announced having reached one billion members on 4 October 2012. Facebook traffic doubled again and hit 2 billion users in June 2017.

"Facebook is not your friend, it is a surveillance engine." — internet activist Richard M. Stallman

More than 90% of Americans spend 15-18 hours per month on Facebook (i.e. two full work days).
Americans spend more time on Facebook than on every other social network combined. (4/2016)

          short history
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In February 2011, Facebook purchased the 57-acre, ten-building former campus of Sun Microsystems in Menlo Park, and completed the move from its longtime location/s in Palo Alto by December 2011. In September 2012, architect Frank Gehry showed Facebook execs his free-form design for the 22-acre Facebook West office building across the road that is expected to complete in 2015.

Why is Facebook blue? According to The New Yorker Magazine, the reason is simple: It's because Mark Zuckerberg is red-green colorblind.

Facebook is quite the internet nag: If you don't log in for a day or two, Facebook will send as many as three 'reminder' emails in a day, telling you that you are missing lots of activity (such as that lone Friend Request from a stranger that showed up a week ago).

Facebook [est. Feb 2004] website
Facebook main entry at Wikipedia
Facebook, Inc. Class A Common Stock Quote & Summary Data at NASDAQ

Time Magazine 'Man of The Year 2010' cover of Mark Zuckerberg          billionaire Mark Zuckerberg
and his wife, Priscilla Chan Zuckerberg

Time Magazine's "Man of The Year" December 2010

          Success Magazine 1 April 2011 cover of Mark Zuckerberg    Bloomberg Business Week Magazine cover of Mark Zuckerberg

co-founder of F.W.D. [est. 2013] for Comprehensive Immigration Reform
Mark Zuckerberg's official Facebook account is followed by over 30 million people.

"The Connector: How Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg Rewired Our World and Changed The Way We Live - A Short Biography
of TIME's 2010 Person of The Year" [17 Dec 2010] by Lev Grossman & TIME managing editor Richard Stengel

Success Magazine cover article (April 2011) on Mark Zuckerberg and 'The Facebook Age'

"Mark Zuckerberg: Inside Facebook" TV movie [2011] /tt2265427/

"Mark Zuckerberg: Ten Lessons In Leadership" [3/2012] by Michael Essany

"60 Minutes: The Face Behind Facebook" [Jan 2008]

Other  Execs

Casa Facebook / Mark Zuckerberg, His Friends & The House That Launched Them book by Judy P. Fusco & Kevin Paterson  "Casa Facebook: Mark Zuckerberg, His Friends, and The Mystique of The House
That Launched Them" [2011]
by Judy P. Fusco, with Kevin Paterson, Photographs by Mark Harper

Author is interesting in her own right, and oh by the way, happens to be the Silicon Valley landlord
who gave the kids launching a start-up called Facebook a break on their first physical office space.

M.J. Distribution 8x5¼ pb [12/2011] out of print/used

Chris Cox
hired 2005, promoted to Chief Product Officer 7/2014

Nicolas Franchet
has long worked as Facebook’s global head of retail & e-commerce

co-founder Chris Hughes
worked at Facebook 2002-2004 and 2006-2007; owned & ran The New Republic Magazine from 3/2012 to 2/2016.

co-founder Andrew McCollum

co-founder Dustin Moskovitz
worked at Facebook from 2/2004 to 10/2008
co-founded Asana in 10/2008

wife former Wall Street Journal reporter Cari Tuna Moskovitz - married in 2013
Good Ventures [est. 2011] philanthropy foundation

co-founder Eduardo Saverin

co-founders the Winklevoss twins
used their $11M Facebook payout to become the world's first Bitcoin billionaires (2017)

2013 portrait of Facebook exec Sheryl Kara Sandberg Goldberg  Sheryl Kara Sandberg {Goldberg}
former chief of Staff to Treasury Secretary Larry Summers, 1996-2001
former VP Global Online Sales & Operations at Google, 2001-2008
COO at Facebook since March 2008; first woman on board of directors (6/2012)
Facebook pageentry at Wikipedia

listed on TIME 100 for 2012; TIME cover story March 2013
listed on TIME Magazine World 100, April 2013

P.B.S. 'Makers Profiles' short videos of Sheryl Sandberg

Sheryl Sandberg biography for Kindle by Adrienne Fenderson  "Sheryl Sandberg: The Biography" for Kindle [2012]
by Adrienne Fenderson

very lightweight work, a mere 15 pages on Kindle
Kindle Edition from Amazon Digital Services [2/2012] for $2.99
Lean In - Women, Work, and the Will to Lead book by Sheryl Sandberg  "Lean In: Women, Work, and The Will To Lead" [2013]
by Sheryl Sandberg

Amazon Best Book of the Month, plus cover story on TIME Magazine (both March 2013)
Kindle Edition from Random House Digital [3/2013] for $4.99
Knopf 9½x6 hardcover [3/2013] for $14.97
Random House Audio UNABR audio CD read by Elisa Donovan [3/2013] for $24.84
Option B book by Sheryl Sandberg & Adam Grant  "Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy" [2017]
by Sheryl Sandberg & Adam Grant

#1 New York Times bestseller; named a Best Book of 2017 by Barnes & Noble and Amazon
Kindle Edition from Knopf/Random House [4/2017] for $13.99
Penguin Export 8½x5¼ pb [4/2017] for $8.15
Knopf 90½x5¾ hardcover [4/2017] for $14.68
Spanish-language Kindle Edition from Conecta/Grupo Penguin [11/2017] for $12.99
Vintage Español 8x5¼ Spanish-language pb [1/2018] for $10.67
German-language Kindle Edition from Ullstein Ebooks [6/2017] for $20.99
Ullstein 8&frac35x5½ German-language hardcover [6/2017] for $22.54

official Facebook logo            unofficial Facebook logo
The  Corporation
Facebook [est. Feb 2004] website
there is no separate 'Facebook corporate' website or subsite (2013)
Facebook main entry at Wikipedia

In 2008, Facebook agreed to pay Cameron & Tyler Winklevoss $65 million to settle their claims that Zuckerberg
stole the idea for Facebook from them and a third person at Harvard.

Announced 4/2012: Facebook, Inc. paid $1 billion for San Francisco-based mobile photo-sharing service Instagram [est. 2010]; the final deal closed at $715M.

Announced 6/2012: Facebook, Inc. paid an unknown amount for Karma {website URL www.getKarma.com}, a mobile commerce company that makes social gifting apps; by partnering with brands, Karma offers a catalog of products/gift ideas. After a product has been selected, the 'gifter' can pick and personalize a card to go with that gift; Karma then notifies the recipient that a gift is coming (via a text message, e-mail, or Facebook); once that message has been received, the recipient can further personalize the gift, swap it for another product, or even exchange it for a charitable donation; once that decision has been made, the recipient then enters their address and Karma ships it.

Announced 6/2012: Facebook purchased Israeli company Face {placeholder website www.face.com} for an estimated $60M.

Announced 4/2013: Facebook purchased software company Parse {website URL www.parse.com}, which produces a backend for mobile apps that already
covers Android, iOS, JavaScript, OS X, and Windows 8 & Windows Phone; Parse's offices were located near the Ferry Building in San Francisco;
they have since moved to Facebook HQ in Menlo Park, California.

Announced 2/2014: Facebook purchased software company WhatsApp [est. 2009] based in Mountain View, California for $19B.

Announced 3/2014: Facebook purchased 3-D virtual reality hardware company Oculus VR [est. 2012] based in Irvine, California for $2B.

Announced 7/2014: Facebook purchased video advertising company LiveRail [est. 2007] based in San Francisco, California for $500M.

Announced 10/2017: Facebook purchased positivity-focused polling startup company tbh (net acronym for 'to be honest') [est. 2017], a user-anonymous polling application
aimed at teenagers; the app has been downloaded five million times, with 2.5M daily users sending over 1 billion answers since it launched three months ago.

Facebook / Cambridge Analytica Scandal - March 2018
Friday March 16: Facebook banned Cambridge Analytica, a firm that ran data operations for President Trump's 2016 campaign; Facebook also banned parent company Kogan.
Monday March 19: Facebook's stock fell by 7.1 percent as CEO Mark Zuckerberg faced calls from U.S. and European leaders to explain how a data firm linked to President Trump's campaign (Cambridge Analytica) got access to information on 50 million Facebook users. Facebook shares finished the day down 13 percent from a record high reached in February Zuckerberg is said to have lost $6B (virtual money) on that single day.
Tuesday March 20: Cambridge Analytica suspended CEO Alexander Nix pending a full investigation into the undercover video that was broadcast by Britain's Channel 4 News in which Nix appeared to boast of the data firm's success in influencing elections in foreign countries.
Wednesday April 4: Facebook confirmed that as many as 87 million users (71 million of them Americans) were harvested by 'malicious actors'; the website's basic search function has been shut down (for repairs). A Facebook blog post stated that "Given the scale and sophistication of the activity [that] we've seen, we believe [that] most people on Facebook could have had their public profile 'scraped'."

Divisions  and  Services
Facebook Gifts charges a small fee to send gift cards to friends.
Mid-2014: Facebook is testing a 'BUY' button for shopping via ads on Facebook.

logo for 'Internet.org by Facebook' [est. 2013]    "Internet.org by Facebook" [est. 2013]
A consortium of Facebook and seven American mobile telephone companies that says that they want to provide low-cost access to the internet for people in Third World countries. Controversy arises because Internet.org is also involved in anti-net neutrality legislation (with Airtel, Voda & TRAI) in India
{see 23-page extract from the full 117-page application}
official websiteentry at Wikipedia

Books  About  Facebook, Inc.
search books on keyword 'facebook' at Amazon

"The Facebook Effect: The Inside Story of The Company That Is Connecting The World"
[S&S 6/2010] by David Kirkpatrick

"Facebook and Philosophy: What's On Your Mind?" ((Oct 1, 2010) by D. E. Wittkower

"Inside Facebook" article [Fortune mag] by Miguel Helft & Jessi Hempel

"Tales From Facebook" (Apr 19, 2011) by Daniel Miller

"Facebook Diaries" [Jun 24, 2011] by Brian Shell

"Facebook Companion [Paperback] by Matthew Miller

"A Parent's Video Guide to Facebook.com" [2009]

"Talking Back to Facebook: The Common Sense Guide to Raising Kids in the Digital Age" [5/2012] by James P. Steyer

Movies & Televison  About  Facebook, Inc.

"60 Minutes: The Face Behind Facebook" (January 13, 2008)

"A Parent's Video Guide To Facebook.com" [2009] Starring Dr. Brian J. Dixon ()

"60 Minutes: Facebook" (December 5, 2010)

"The Social Network" [Relativity Media / Columbia Oct 2010]
Social Network 2010 movie poster  "[The main] character bears almost no resemblance to the actual Mark Zuckerberg. The reality is much more complicated." per Time Magazine December 2010 cover story "You don't get to 500 million friends without making a few enemies": The story of the college student who created the Facebook phenomenon and six years later became the youngest billionaire in history. Directed by David Fincher; based on the book by Ben Mezrich; starring Jesse Eisenberg, Andrew Garfield, Justin Timberlake, Brenda Song, Rashida Jones, Max Minghella, Rooney Mara & Joseph Mazzello
Sony Pictures widescreen color Blu-ray [1/2011] 2 disks for $16.99
Sony Pictures widescreen color DVD [1/2011] 2 disks for $11.99
full credits at IMDbofficial movie site

Accidental Billionaires / Founding of Facebook book by Ben Mezrich  "The Accidental Billionaires: The Founding of Facebook - A Tale of Sex, Money, Genius, and Betrayal" [2009 bestseller] by Ben Mezrich
Without access to central figure Mark Zuckerberg, the author fictionalized many important parts of the story, as well as sensationalizing college life; the result is a questionable but nonetheless exciting tale.
Anchor 8¼x6 pb [5/2010] for $10.85
Anchor 7¾x5 pb [9/2010] for $10.85
Doubleday 9¼x6 hardcover [7/2009] for $16.50

"How Did They Ever Make A Movie of Facebook?" documentary [2011]
Strangely, this docufilm is not listed on IMDb, but IMDb has links for viewing it (in four parts); released February
2011 in Sherman Oaks, CA as part of pre-Oscar promotions for "The Social Network"; directed by David Prior
Part 1: CommencementPart 2: BostonPart 3: Los AngelesPart 4: The Lot

"Facebook Follies" hour-long TV docu [2011] /tt2189076/

"Trumping Democracy: Real Money • Fake News • Your Data"  
[streaming Nov 2017, DVD release Dec 2017]
Trumping Democracy 2017 documentary film by Thomas Huchon  "In the darkness of the web, democracy was trumped by data." • Explosive documentary that follows the money in the 2016 election cycle to the elusive billionaire Robert Mercer, who bought Breitbart News and funded the effort while inserting Steve Bannon into the presidential campaign as its manager. Mercer-owned company Cambridge Analytica used data of millions of Americans – acquired from Facebook, Google, banks, credit companies, social security, and more – and tactics honed during the U.K.'s Brexit campaign to identify voters deemed 'most neurotic or worried', whom they believed could swing for Trump. In the days before the election, using the little-known Facebook feature called 'dark posts', Cambridge Analytica deployed highly manipulative & personalized messages seen only one time by the user before disappearing • 69-minute documentary film directed by Thomas Huchon
Cinema Libre color DVD [12/2017] for $11.63
Amazon Instant Video [11/2017] rental $3.99, purchase $9.99
bare credits at IMDbofficial movie websitewatch 11/2017 official trailer [3:04] online at YouTube

Other  Media
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L i n k s
Facebook official website
Facebook main entry at Wikipedia

Facecrooks: How to prevent or recover from your Facebook & Twitter accounts getting hacked

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