Facebook was nothing more than a networking service to serve the students of Harvard University. Mark Zuckerburg not only launched a blog that opened a whole new dimension for the students around campus but he also opened up a whole new era of how people around the world communicate and get associated with each other. The movie ‘Social Network’ starts like this; Mark is getting comfortable at a student lounge when he creates a blog/site where students of Harvard University can share photos, comments, and stuff they are up to. He then gets associated with his gadget buddies and then gets the whole campus involved. He meets students of other Ivy League colleges and first it was Yale then it was Stanford, and one by one people started to join the club. The name went from being ‘The Facebook’ to ‘Facebook’ and while going there Mark goes through some hard times. He gets sued by twins who state that Mark stole their idea; he gets sued by his co-worker in that he did not give the offered shares when Facebook was growing. Mark goes through all this and then succeeds in something no other white collar CEO has done before: he gets half the world log on to his web.
People now use Facebook to keep in touch with loved ones, yes it is more useful than our phone and yes I also bought my phone so I could check Facebook on the go. People say Facebook wasn’t always the start of all social networking services and that Facebook just improvised a set of existing social networking sites and then happily wiped them out, but I don’t think that way. Facebook is something us generations have in common. Our lives center around Facebook and it practically became a habit to check our news feed when we log on the web. After watching this movie, I learned that innovation, creativity and genius are not something that falls out of the sky. It all requires a sensitive eye to detail and a motor to have your ideas to be put on paper instead of being thrown in the trash.
We keep criticizing Facebook for minimal stuff such as excessive advertisement or invasion of personal privacy but thanks to Facebook the twenty first century can look more like the stuff in Orwell’s 1984 or even Huxley’s The Brave New World. Rome wasn’t built in a day and so wasn’t Facebook, so instead of criticizing Facebook for what it can’t and hasn’t done appreciate it for what it is.