As a public company
Is there a cure for Facebook?
The first reference to Facebook in The Globe and Mail was on Friday, March 4, 2005, a year and a month after Facebook launched. In it, writer Michael Kesterton described the new verb sweeping college campuses: Facebooking. “On many North American campuses, says The Kansas City Star, “facebook” is now a verb, as in “I facebooked you last night.” It’s not an insult. Students post their profiles and photos on the website http://www.thefacebook.com, then choose the amount of access they want to give other students. It was created by Harvard students at first. Students need an “.edu” e-mail address at a Facebook-admitted college to register.”
The second reference in our archives didn’t come until Saturday, July 2, 2005, in a trend piece titled “Facebook an Internet sensation on campus.” In it, co-founder Chris Hughes (now the owner of U.S. political journal The New Republic and an Obama campaign donor) is quoted saying of the budding billionaire Mark Zuckerberg: “Instead of entering a company and working your way to the top, Mark has created something that has allowed him to start right off in the CEO seat.”