The Face Behind Facebook
People around the world are reconnecting with long-lost friends and relatives, uniting on common ground from politics to Chia pets. Every day, half a million people join the social network.
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Mark says one of the best things about Facebook is that people can use it in whatever way they choose. "I use the site to stay connected with my family [and] to hear news about what's going on," he says. "My sister just got married last year, and she used the site to post photos and videos of her wedding to connect with all the people who couldn't make it. But people are using it all different ways, and it's really exciting to see."
For adults, part of the Facebook's appeal is that you can easily control who sees what and whom you are friends with. Mark says this is a crucial aspect to the site's success. "One of the biggest differentiators between us and other services is people have complete control over how they share their stuff online, " he says. "You can take a photo album if you want and just share it with the people you went on vacation with. ... Most people don't want to share a lot with a lot of people."
Oprah already has more than 170,000 Facebook friends! "Anyone who is connected can post updates and say what they think about the show," Mark says. "Producers can post anything they want to keep the millions of people who watch updated in real time about what's going on with the show."
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