The site, then known as “thefacebook.com,” became an instant smash hit. Six years later, the website has grown to become one of the most popular on the internet, with 400 million monthly visitors.
The backlash against Facebook erupted swiftly. Three Harvard seniors accused Mark of stealing the concept from them a week after he started the site in 2004.
This claim quickly grew into a full-fledged lawsuit, as a rival firm created by Harvard seniors sued Mark and Facebook for fraud and theft, kicking off a legal saga that is still going on today.
Some of the charges leveled against Mark Zuckerberg appear to be true, according to new evidence obtained by Silicon Alley Insider. It also shows that, at least once in 2004, Mark used personal login credentials obtained from Facebook’s server to hack into Facebook users’ personal email accounts and view their correspondence – at the very least, a blatant abuse of private information. Finally, it appears that Mark broke into the systems of a competitor and modified certain user information in order to make the site less valuable. The main point of contention surrounding Facebook’s beginnings was whether Mark had gone into a “deal” with Harvard juniors Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss, as well as a classmate called Divya Narendra, to establish a comparable website for them, only to block their effort while creating his own. The Winklevosses’ legal battles were never very successful. Their claims were branded “tissue thin” by Massachusetts Judge Douglas P. Woodlock in 2007. “College dorm chit-chat does not create a contract,” Woodlock wrote, referring to the arrangement that Mark had supposedly broken. After a year, the conclusion appeared to be in glimpse: a judge refused Facebook’s motion to dismiss the lawsuit. The parties reached an agreement to settle shortly after that.
But then there’s a twist.
Attorneys for the Winklevosses speculated that the hard drive from Mark Zuckerberg’s Harvard computer could contain proof of Mark’s fraud after Announced the deal, but before the agreement was formalized. They said that the hard disc included some incriminating instant emails and messages.
The court in the case declined to examine the hard disk and instead sent the issue to another judge, who approved the settlement. However, the idea that the hard drive included further evidence piqued people’s interest, and they began to speculate what those emails and IMs indicated. In particular, it sparked new speculation about whether Mark had indeed stolen the Winklevoss brothers’ concept, screwed them up, and then galloped off into the sunset with Fb.
Unfortunately, no one knew the answers because the data of Mark’s hard disk drive was not made public.
However, we now have some more data.
Over the last two years, the information from far more than a dozen people who are acquainted with various portions of this narrative, including those who were active in the company’s founding year. And also over some of the important IMs and mails from the time period. Much of this data has never been made public before. Mark and the company have not validated or authenticated any of it. We believe we have a more full picture as to how Facebook was created based on the material we gathered. This is the account that follows. But what does this new information reveal? At the end, we’ll provide our own conclusions. But first, let me tell you about the narrative: Cameron Winklevoss, Tyler Winklevoss, and Divya Narendra, all Harvard seniors at the time, were looking for a web developer to help them realize a concept Divya had in 2002: a social media network for Harvard students and alumni. HarvardConnections.com was supposed to be the name of the website. Victor Gao, an Harvard student, had been paid to code the site, but Victor walked off the project at the start of the fall semester. Victor proposed Mark Zuckerberg, a Harvard freshman from Dobbs Ferry, New York, as a substitute. Mark was renowned at Harvard at the time as the sophomore who created Facemash, a Harvard-based “Hot Or Not” clone. For two reasons, Mark had already become somewhat of a star on campus thanks to Facemash. First is that Mark was chastised for making it. The service works by scraping photographs of Harvard students from the university’s websites. It changed the photographs so that when visitors went to Facemash.com, they would see two photos of Harvard university students and be told to vote on which one was more appealing. The site also kept track of Harvard students who were ranked according to their beauty. This enraged some on Harvard’s political correctness campus, and Mark was shortly dragged in front of the university’s student disciplinary board. He was accused of breaking security, infringing copyrights, and invading individual privacy, according to a Harvard Crimson report from November 19, 2003. Mark was not expelled, thankfully, according to the story. The second reason that everyone at Harvard was aware of Facemash and Mark Zuckerberg was that Facemash was an instant success. According to the same Harvard Crimson piece, “the site had been viewed by 450 users, who polled at least 22,000 times” after two weeks. The average user voted 48 times, which implies he or she voted 48 times.
HarvardConnection.com VS thefacebook.com
Victor Gao originally suggested Mark to Cameron, Tyler, and Divya because of his ability to establish a hugely popular website. The Harvard Connection trio was sold on Mark and reached out to him. Mark decided to meet with them. They first met in the food court of Harvard University’s Kirkland House on a late November evening. Cameron, Tyler, and Divya presented their Harvard Connection concept, outlining their objectives to establish the site exclusively for Harvard students by forcing new users to sign up with Harvard.edu email accounts, and grow Harvard Connection transcend Harvard to schools across the country. Mark is said to be quite excited about the idea. So, what occurred to make Mark reconsider his stance on HarvardConnection? Was he so overworked that he couldn’t complete the project? Was he postponing the creation of HarvardConnection so that he might establish a competitive site and launch it first, as the HarvardConnection proponents claim? Mark was offering Eduardo a different story a week after his initial encounter with the HarvardConnection team, while he told the Winklevosses that he’s too busy with homework to work upon or think about HarvardConnection.com.Mark had already resolved to launch his own, comparable project—”the facebook thing,” according to IM—within a week of seeing the Winklevosses for first time. It also shows that he had devised a plan for handling with his potential rival: postpone development.
Mark Zuckerberg spoke with Cameron, Tyler, and Divya for the final time on January 14, 2004. Mark voiced questions about HarvardConnection.com’s feasibility during the discussion at Kirkland House. He said that he was swamped with personal projects and schoolwork and wouldn’t be able to continue working on the site for a long time. Others, he said, were too responsible for the site’s delay. He didn’t indicate if he was engaged on his own project or if he intended to finish the HarvardConnection website.
The Facebook’s Start
Mark had another IM conversation with the above-mentioned friend after the encounter. In effect, he told her that he had given up. He stated he wasn’t able to tell Cameron and Tyler the news because he felt “intimidated” by them. So, what happened after that?
Mark had filed the domain THEFACEBOOK.COM three days previously, on January 11, 2004.
He made the site available to Harvard students on February 4th. And ,this is how the facebook almost everyone of us use came into existence.