Facebook at 15: How Mark Zuckerberg took over the internet

“Is this perhaps the next big thing?” That was the question a CNBC news anchor asked Mark Zuckerberg in 2004. Less than three months earlier, on 4 February, the 19-year-old Harvard undergraduate had launched a website called ‘TheFacebook’, which served as an online directory for his fellow students. “When we first launched we were hoping for maybe 400, 500 people,” Zuckerberg told the host. “Now we’re at 100,000 people, so who knows where we’re going next… Maybe we can make something cool.”

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