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On October 28, 2003, FaceMash, a social networking site, was introduced. On February 4, 2004, it changed its name to TheFacebook. [1] Mark Zuckerberg, along with his Harvard University classmates and former roommates Eduardo Saverin, Andrew McCollum, Dustin Moskovitz, and Chris Hughes, launched it. The website's membership was initially restricted by its creators to Harvard students, but this was later extended to other Boston-area colleges, the Ivy League,[3] corporations,[4] and eventually most universities in the United States and Canada,[5] and by September 2006, to anyone with a working email address and the legal age of thirteen or older.

Mark Zuckerberg created FaceMash, which debuted in 2003. He wrote the website's software at the time of its launch.

He was a sophomore in college. For Harvard undergraduates, the website was designed as a sort of "hot or not" game. On the website, users may contrast the images of two pupils side by side and decide which one they thought was more appealing. [10]


The following blog posts were written by Mark Zuckerberg while developing the software:[11]


I won't lie; I'm a little tipsy. What does it matter that it's a Tuesday night and not quite 10 o'clock? What? On my desktop, the Kirkland [dorm] Facebook is open, and some of these people have fairly appalling Facebook pictures. It nearly makes me want to display some of these looks next to images of farm animals and ask voters which one they find more attractive. [11]


— 9:48 pm[12]

Oh, it's on. 

Although I'm not precisely sure how the farm animals will work into this whole thing (you can never be really sure with farm animals...), I appreciate the concept of contrasting two individuals.


— 11:09 pm



Facemash allegedly used "pictures compiled from the online facebooks of nine Houses, displaying two next to each other at a time and asking viewers to chose the "hotter" person," according to The Harvard Crimson.

[10] In its first four hours online, Facemash drew 450 visits and 22,000 photo views. [13]


The site was quickly forwarded to several campus group list-servers, but was shut down a few days later by the Harvard administration. Zuckerberg faced expulsion and was charged by the administration with breach of security, violating copyrights, and violating individuals' privacy.

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