Analysis Of Ben Mezrich's The Accidental Billionaires

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In today’s modern world, people all around the globe have the ability to connect with each other online through the power of social media. All thanks to one individual, Mark Zuckerberg, who in many ways revolutionized and paved the way for many other social media platforms. Zuckerberg, the founder and CEO of Facebook took the world by storm with his multi-billion-dollar social network of Facebook, and its integral system of “likes” coupled with the ability to post, comment, and share photos and video. Author Ben Mezrich, in his novel The Accidental Billionaires, tells the cunning story of how Zuckerberg took Facebook from a simple college dorm room project at Harvard to a worldwide phenomenon. Mezrich details Facebook’s earliest beginnings …show more content…
Zuckerberg also programmed the controversial website of Facemash, a predecessor to Facebook. Facemash being a website that pinned two female Harvard undergraduate students together to be on rated on a scale of who was sexier. After Facemash, student entrepreneurs Divya Narendra and the Winklevoss twins, Tyler and Cameron, approached Zuckerberg to create the Harvard Connection. The twins explained it as “online meeting place where Harvard guys and girls could find each other, share information, connect” and “that the site would have two sections, one for dating, and one for connecting” (Mezrich chapter 7). However, Zuckerberg saw the Harvard Connection as a glorified dating website and wanted to expand on the idea. Zuckerberg then began creating Facebook, a website where people post “not just pictures, but also profiles. Where they’d grown up, how old they were, what they were interested in. What they were looking for online.” (Mezrich chapter …show more content…
For example, Zuckerberg formally dissolved his own friend and former business partner, Eduardo Saverin, from the company. Eduardo was not actively contributing to Facebook, let alone being across the country and claiming a false title of owning 34 percent of the company and so Zuckerberg had every right in his jurisdiction to kick out his once best friend. Mezrich writes “What happens when the guy standing next to you catches a lightning bolt? Does it carry you up to the stratosphere along with him? Or do you simply get charred trying to hold on?” (chapter 21). Clearly Saverin did not hold on tight enough. Moreover, in 2006 when Facebook was still the new kid on the block of the social media word, Zuckerberg declined Yahoo’s 1 billion dollars (Holahan, et al. par 1). Additionally, the following year in 2007 Zuckerberg declined Microsoft’s offer of 15 billion dollars forcing Microsoft into buying a small 1.6% stake in Facebook valued $240 million dollars (Stone, par 1). Earlier this year, Zuckerberg expanded upon the “like” by adding five news emoji’s, in which users can now not just “like” a post but also add emoji’s such as "haha", "love", "wow", "sad" and "angry" (#Facebookreactions par 2). For years’ users have requested for a “dislike” button, but Zuckerberg has gravitated away from such a feature and has opted for a friendlier

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