By now you must know this story: a few guys sitting around their Harvard dorm rooms, writing computer codes just for fun. They can’t possibly be bothered with emailing or yakking on the phone to each and every one of their friends to say, “Hey, I’m just chillin” or “Dude, I’ll be at Starbucks”, or whatever kids would say waaay back in 2004.
Anyway, one of these dudes basically said “Wouldn’t it be AWE-SOME (said in that sing-songy ‘up’ last syllable said as if it were the end to a question) if we had some kind of site where we can just sit around and with one or two clicks, check in with all our friends AND meet new ones?” By new friends, these guys may have been talking about girls, but that’s just a guess.
And so, after a code here, and a widget there, PRESTO! Facebook was born and we haven’t been the same since. We have more *friends* than ever thought humanly possible. Casual conversations occur as easily between people scattered around the globe as they once occurred with our neighbors across the street. Maybe even more easily since we don’t have to change out of our pajamas and walk across the street. Walking across the street, for purposes of this post, is obviously very overrated.
900,000 users later and it’s come to this. A special day in May when, theoretically, we can all buy a little piece of a revolutionary idea; an idea that birthed what’s now known as social media. Social media that is credited for everything from getting Betty White her “Saturday Night Live” hosting gig to boosting the rise of Arab Spring. Mind-boggling, isn’t it?
So, Facebook, I celebrate you and your IPO the only way I know how.
You want these cookies? Are you kidding? They’re as impossible to get as a few shares of the stock.*
*Cookies made just for fun.