Thursday, 4 February 2021

[the facebook]

With origins in a website called “Facemash” which culled photographs and profiles of students from nine sorority houses on the campus of Harvard University published in the campus’ face books—a callbook or an annual distributed shortly after matriculation to help students get to know one another and presented them to be rated in terms of attractiveness circulated on the schools listservs that nearly got its author expelled violating individual privacy and breaching the network host’s security protocols, Mark Zuckerberg generously offered to digitise the student directory as a universal face book within Harvard. The university agreed and website was launched on this day in 2004. Though membership was initialled limited to the college, the speed and spread of registration soon saw expansion to other prestigious universities and shortly thereafter most schools in the United States and Canada.