The Facebook, Inc. v. Connectu, Inc et al
EXHIBITS - 6 re 92 Declaration in Support, CORRECTED Docket #92- Exhibit 6 filed by Mark Zuckerberg, The Facebook, Inc. (Related document(s) 92 ) (Cooper, Monte) (Filed on 6/25/2007) Modified on 6/26/2007 (bw, COURT STAFF). Modified on 6/26/2007 (bw, COURT STAFF).
The Facebook, Inc. v. Connectu, LLC et al
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Finding Friends with Facebook Case 5:07-cv-01389-RS
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Finding Friends with Facebook
Associated Press 07.03.05 | 7:03 PM
ATLANTA -- Pamela Elder, a junior at Georgia State University, got hooked when she found some old high schoo classmates. Next she used the online yearbook of yearbooks to track down people she hadn't seen since grade scho wonder the Thefacebook is an internet sensation at campuses across the nation. Constantly updated by its 2.8 million registered users at more than 800 colleges and universities, Thefacebook take local malt shop social nexus of the 1950s and makes it universal. Started by three Harvard sophomores in February 2004 as an online directory to connect the higher education worl social networks, Thefacebook now registers more than 5,800 new users a day. "It becomes part of your daily routine. It's e-mail, the news, the weather, Facebook," said Lucas Garza, a senior fro Antonio studying aerospace engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Users of Thefacebook can post a photo and a profile of themselves for free. The profiles include as little or as much information as the user desires, including basic biographies, lists of hobbies and interests, even home address and c number. Users control who can see their profiles -- from only friends to all other users. Other users can then search the prof classmates, childhood acquaintances, people who share common interests. When users identify someone on the site they'd like to meet, they can ask to be designated as a "friend," a character other social networking websites such as Friendster or LinkedIn. Thefacebook friend requests can come from anyo site, including "some random drunk person you met at a party whose name you don't remember," said Garza, who "friends" on Thefacebook. The site has become so ubiquitous among college students that they tell others to "facebook" them -- to look them u site. Browsing it is known simply as "facebooking." Site creators Mark Zuckerberg, Chris Hughes and Dustin Moskovitz were roommates at Harvard when they design Facebook so fellow Harvard students could get to know those living in other dorms. (The name comes from the rea books of freshmen's faces, majors and hometowns that many colleges distribute to incoming students). The website so popular that the trio made it available to students at Columbia, Stanford and Yale within a month. With Facebook's success, Moskovitz and Zuckerberg left Harvard to run it as a 10-person company out of Palo Alt California. Moskovitz had been studying economics; Zuckerberg, computer science and psychology. Hughes, a his literature major, is studying abroad in Paris. "It's all at once a `real-world' job and something surreal," Hughes said. "Instead of entering a company and workin way to the top, Mark has created something that has allowed him to start right off in the CEO seat." Hughes said Thefacebook turns a profit, mostly from advertising. He refused to disclose the private company's earn Besides corporate advertisers, Thefacebook users purchase "announcements" -- ads that can be seen only by studen the same school. They range from campaign posters for student government positions to fliers about upcoming par They cost $9 to $15 apiece; the smaller the school, the cheaper the announcement. Investments have boosted Thefacebook, too. Silicon Valley venture capital firm Accel Partners put in $13 million; founder Peter Thiel recently invested $500,000. Users can register on the site only with a college e-mail address, which serves as verification that users are students registered, the .edu address becomes a user ID. More than 60 percent of the site's users log in daily during the scho and about half log in daily over the summer, Hughes said.
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Marketers who target students love the site, said Robin Raskin, a technology consultant whose three college-age ch are all Thefacebook users. "You've got this great, great group. You know their demographic, you know how much disposable income they hav know what they spend it on, and now you've got them in one place," Raskin said. "It's great for anybody who want to the youth audience, and that is why investors have run to give Thefacebook some money." Another result, however, is that students should be cautious about putting personal information on the site, said Ra former editor of PC Magazine. "You think you're safe because of this .edu address, but anybody can get in there w to," said Raskin, adding she knows corporate marketers who have "infiltrated" the site. Many alumni get .edu e-ma addresses from their alma maters, allowing them to get on Thefacebook. Marcia Ammons, a Georgia State senior from Carrollton, Georgia, swears by Facebook. She has two close friends campus she first met on the website. "It's hard to find people with similar interests on a big campus," Ammons said. "We're so spread out ... you can put fliers in the rec center but half the people won't know about it because they won't see them." Garza uses Thefacebook to find people in his classes to compare notes and homework, since a single class at Georg can have up to 500 students. During last year's presidential campaign, he used the site to find students with similar His profile included quotes from George Orwell and links to his personal website. Students also meet on the site through groups, virtual clusters of users at the same school with a common interest. A is a member of the "Wal-Mart Lovers" and "Rec Center Junkies" groups. Garza is in the "Anti-Leaf Blower Society "Ipodilicious," a collection of Ipod fans. Entirely new social protocols have formed around Thefacebook. One surrounds confirming friend requests. For som person's friend count is a social barometer. Says Hilton Gray, a 2003 graduate from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and avid facebooker: "I know a few people who like the attention of it all, so they try to rack up as many friends as possible."
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