Everybody knows Facebook, and it feels like everyone is on Facebook – your friends, your mom, your boss. This social network has become such a huge part of social life and even our work life. It’s hard to remember a time when it wasn’t there, when our jokes and observations weren’t measured by like buttons. But Facebook has only been around for fourteen years, after a twenty-year-old computer whiz named Mark Zuckerberg brought it to life.
Since that day, Facebook has become one of the most famous websites in the world, and Zuckerberg became one of the most influential people in the world. It even became the basis for the award-winning film The Social Network. If you want to know more about the man who has been in the heart of public interest – and controversy – for well over a decade, read on.
1. Mark Zuckerberg Started Programming At Age Twelve
What were you into when you were 12-years-old? Some teens develop their first crushes then, others develop a passion for the arts or sports. But at the same age when most of us were struggling with simple homework, Mark Zuckerberg was programming computers!
The year was 1996, and computers were still far from commonplace. Despite this, Zuckerberg still created a messaging program for his father’s dental office, so he and the receptionist wouldn’t have to shout. That program even predated AOL Instant Messenger!