In his sophomore year of college, Mark Zuckerberg created a simple website to serve as a campus social network. But the site caught on like wildfire, and soon students nationwide were on Facebook.
Today, Facebook is nearly unrecognizable from Zuckerberg's first, modest iteration. It has grown into a tech giant, the largest social media platform and one of the most gargantuan companies in the world, with a valuation of more than $576 billion and almost 3 billion users.
How much power and influence does Facebook have over our lives? How has it changed how we interact with one another? And what is next for the company - and us? As the biggest social media network in the world, there's no denying the power and omnipresence of Facebook in our daily life. Love it or hate it, there is no denying the power and omnipresence of Facebook in daily life. And in light of recent controversies surrounding election-influencing "fake news" accounts, the handling of its users' personal data, and growing discontent with the actions of its founder and CEO, never has the company been more central to the national conversation.
In this fascinating narrative - crammed with insider interviews, never-before-reported reveals and exclusive details about the company's culture and leadership - award-winning tech reporter Steven Levy tells the story of how Facebook has changed our world and asks what the consequences will be for us all.