The humble beginnings of Facebook have become well known, along with the serendipitous story of its’ improbable CEO and co-founder, Mark Zuckerberg, who created the site in a self-professed attempt to meet girls. However, soon after this collegiate networking site was born in 2004, it began to grow exponentially, and soon spread to multiple colleges of the eastern United States, before making the jump to the west coast, where the headquarters of the newly formed Facebook eventually settled. Thus began the meteoric rise to the top, making this simple site of blue and white recognizable in more than 90 countries around the world. Although the idea of social networking hardly began or ended with Facebook, something about Zuckerberg’s brainchild has made it one of the most important advancements of the digital age for connecting people and sharing information around the globe.
Zuckerberg is not considered an innovator for creating a social network, because as mentioned, that had been done before. Rather, he is cited as a boy genius for not only perfecting the design of a social network, but for continuing to tweak and alter its’ functionality within a perpetually changing world and digital market. That is why Facebook is still relevant and why it continues to grow every year because innovation, by its’ very nature, is ongoing, and must be maintained. It takes a tireless and dedicated leader to realize that even their greatest ideas will need to be edited and updated almost immediately. More importantly, it takes a strong-willed leader to go against the grain of popular opinion and do something far ahead of the times.