A Blast From Zuckerberg’s Past: Old Angelfire Site From The 15 Year Old Facebook Founder Uncovered

Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook Founder & CEO. didn’t get to where he was today on a whim. It took hard work, testing and starting somewhere. Unfortunately for him, his first Anglefire website has been discovered and is somewhat embarrassing. He proudly features a yellow eye that blinks to you, Eminem lyrics and early attempts at helping people connect on the web.

Games-Zuckerberg

Along with games like Pong and Vader Fader, an interesting page exists called “The Web.” On this page, you can see an early drive of Zuckerberg to properly connect users on the web. Users can be added then scrambled and shaken around. He states:

As of now, the web is pretty small. Hopefully, it will grow into a larger web. This is one of the few applets that require your participation to work well. If your name is already on The Web because someone else has chosen to be linked to you, then you may choose two additional people to be linked with. Otherwise, if you see someone who you know and would like to be linked with but your name is not already on The Web, then you can contact me and I will link that person to you and put you on The Web. If you do not know anyone on The Web, contact me anyway and I will put you on it. In order for this applet to work, you must E-Mail me your name and the names of the two people that you would like to be linked with. Thank you!

Most of the other elements are rather silly including Slim Shady lyrics, a message about trying to get the site picked up by search engines. My favorite part was the commentary along with the games. Even on items like Magnetic Poetry, you can see that he was seeking input for a better collaborative effort:

Magnetic-Poetry

My, how far Mark came in just 9 short years. To see the site in all of it’s animated-gif, yellow-blinking eye glory, head over to Angelfire. Thanks to HackerNews for uncovering this.

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About The Author: is the Director of Marketing for Cypress North, a company that specializes in social media and search marketing services and web-based application development. He has been in the Internet marketing industry for 6+ years and specializes in Social Media Marketing. You can also find Greg on Twitter (@gregfinn) or LinkedIn.

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  • http://www.barnettassociates.net/ Toby Barnett

    Amazing how far a person can go with a vision, dedication, and hard work.

  • RyanMJones

    Hah. The page has a link to his old AOL email address. I wonder if he still uses it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/emilia.farrace Emilia Farrace

    I never think to call this an embarrassing website, and that line should be taken out of the article. For someone at 15 to create something like this (as I did when I was 15 – I’m the same age as Mark) with the tools of “the internet” at that time and no one – basically – no one teaching kids how to program and do these things, no one should ever have the right to call a creation of someone that age embarrassing.

    I sincerely hope, Greg, that you don’t think things you wrote at that age to be embarrassing – and instead, you should be proud you started so young.

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