Facebook will expand its presence in the UK by 50%, making London Facebook’s largest engineering hub outside the US. The new hires – predominately in engineering roles are to be recruited over the next year – bringing the total number of staff working for Facebook in the UK to 2,300. The US technology giant announced on Monday it will also offer space in its new office to UK based startups as part of an accelerator program.
According to BusinessTech and Fin24, Facebook’s expansion comes at a time when Britain is so alarmed by the extent and scale of Russian interference in UK politics via social media networks that its lawmakers are getting ready to interrogate Silicon Valley giants – including Facebook and Twitter – in Washington. Facebook joins a number of large tech companies doubling down on their presence in London, despite the ongoing uncertainty about the UK’s pending exit from the European Union.
“It’s a sign of confidence in our country that innovative companies like Facebook invest here,” UK Chancellor Philip Hammond said in a statement.
According to Wikipedia, Initially, Zuckerberg wrote a program called “Facemash” in 2003 while attending Harvard University as a sophomore (second year student). According to The Harvard Crimson, the site was comparable to Hot or Not and used “photos compiled from the online facebooks of nine Houses, placing two next to each other at a time and asking users to choose the “hotter” person”. Facemash attracted 450 visitors and 22,000 photo-views in its first four hours online. The Facemash site was quickly forwarded to several campus group list-servers, but was shut down a few days later by the Harvard administration. Zuckerberg faced expulsion and was charged by the administration with breach of security, violating copyrights, and violating individual privacy. Ultimately, the charges were dropped. Zuckerberg did not give up. He continued to expand on his idea and in that same semester created a social study tool which today is what we know as Facebook. He established the foundations of Facebook while still a student at Harvard, which eventually lead to him dropping out.
Mark Zuckerberg founded Facebook on February 4, 2004; 13 years agoat the age of 19. Zuckerberg started Facebook at Harvard for students to match names with faces in class which today is matching names with faces globally. In following his dream, he has not only changed his life but also the lives of thousands of other people globally. Facebook has 20,658 employees as of June 2017 up from only 150 people in 2006. the social networking tech giant company has certainly experienced beyond exponential growth.
A Harvard dropout, one of the greatest and most successful entrepreneurs of our generation, a Millennial who at only age 33 is a multi billionaire. Zuckerberg has evolved to become one of the most influential individuals in the world today. A genius that has changed the very existence of social life revolutionizing our means of communication. Facebook has 2 billion monthly active users. With a net worth of 70.7 Billion dollars as of December 2017 according to Forbes. Zuckerberg counts more billions than the candles on his birthday cake, he is indeed the ultimate definition of success. A true example of how following through with an idea, a dream can impact and change the world.
With that said, at the very core of it, life isn’t all about the green, the glitz and the glams. It’s about building a legacy the world can feed on when you’re long gone. Its about changing our society for the better. Because when it’s all said and done, you won’t be taking your piggy bank with you to the grave. Therefore, find your your calling, find your voice, find your own gift and share it with the world because Zuckerberg has certainly done it. That’s the power of one man’s dream who didn’t give it up for a salary, or for friends or family. Never give up on your dreams or idea!
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